Sunday, April 29, 2007

Deputy in Taped Shooting Heads to Trial

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — "The grainy amateur video seems to show a deputy shooting an Air Force enlisted man three times as the serviceman struggles to obey an order to get up from the ground.

But it's what the video doesn't show that could take center stage at the trial beginning this week of former San Bernardino County sheriff's Deputy Ivory J. Webb Jr.

Webb told investigators he thought 21-year-old Senior Airman Elio Carrion was reaching for a weapon _ something that's not clear on the 40-second video clip.

Authorities later determined Carrion, who was hospitalized for several days, had been unarmed.

Still, experts say the deputy's contention could prevail, based on acquittals in previous high-profile police brutality trials..."

Stop the music, stop the music. Fox won't provide a link to the video, but I will so here it is. Make up your own mind.

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