The first incident happened in San Diego, California a little over a year ago.
"SAN DIEGO - A possibly suicidal man waving what appeared to be a gun was wounded Wednesday in an officer-involved shooting near De Anza Cove, authorities reported.
San Diego police got a report that an armed man was making threats and comments about killing himself in the 2800 block of North Mission Bay Drive in Mission Beach shortly after 11 a.m., SDPD public-affairs Lt. Kevin Mayer said.
Officers tried in vain to persuade the man to drop the weapon and surrender.
The photographer who captured video of the man waving the gun spoke with 10News about being in the line of fire.
"I knew he was going to do something," said local photographer Ed Baier.
Baier was one of the first on the scene and one of the only ones to capture every minute of what would turn out to be a standoff that would last for more than an hour.
He was in the middle, less than 100 yards away as the man already negotiating with officers in the park headed back to his car and re-emerged." [Source]
Goof job by the police. They took inventory of the situation and used appropriate force to neutralize the perp.
The second incident took place almost a year ago in Cleveland, Ohio.
"Cleveland police have released a video showing the moment that officers shot a 12-year-old boy in a park on Sunday. Tamir Rice can be seen playing in the snow with a pellet gun before sitting at a bench for three minutes. As the police drive up he can be seen standing up and moving the gun at his waist. Two officers get out with their guns drawn and the boy falls, disappearing behind the car. Rice died of his wounds the following day." [Source]
Besides the obvious things that the two incidents have in common, one glaring thing separates the two. If you said the race of the victims move to the head of the class.
One victim, predictably, ended up dead. The other, in spite of trying to kill himself, did not.
Now we are learning that the police officers who killed 12 year old Tamir Rice acted "reasonably".
I would ask you to look at the case again and tell me if you agree.
"Like lightning … you see the lightning first, then the thunder. So I saw him go down immediately and then I heard the click the crack of the shot and then that was it," said Baier.
Medics took the suspect to a trauma center. Police say he is serious but stable condition. The officer who shot the man is a nine-year veteran of the force."
At least this man's family will see him again. The family of Tamir Rice is not so lucky.
Pic from thegrio.com