This one is tough. The cops definitely tried to talk, command, and warn him. Mentally ill or not, he had a knife and did charge the officers. Yes – he tripped on the tub BUT he had already committed at that point. Could the cop have made a different decision? Sure – but it was a split second thing. The guy could have stood back up and continued forward possibly stabbing someone.
Could they have waited it out? Sure, but in that scenario the guy may have continued slashing himself. Then the family would be suing over inaction. As it stands right now, they have enlisted the services of Quanell X, of Black Panther fame. That adds a little bit of a suspicious element to the camera placement in the home. Do I blame the family for recording the police? Of course not – but why was the camera pointing at the bathroom?
The 11 shots certainly aren’t the issue. Once you decide to use deadly force against a threat – you continue to use force until the threat is eliminated.
The mental health issues are NOT the responsibility of the officers. That is on the family for not intervening before it got to this point.
Personally, I think there were opportunities for the officers to have eliminated the knife threat before the shooting, but in the end I actually side with the cops on this one. Don’t get into a deadly fight because you might end up … well dead.