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Activists in Seattle Slam Police for Killing Armed, Violent Felon

February 25, 2016  | 

Civil rights leaders in Seattle are condemning the fatal police shooting of a black man, who was a convicted felon, last Sunday and said Tuesday they have hired a law firm to investigate.

Seattle-King County NAACP President Gerald Hankerson disputed the police account of the shooting that killed Che Taylor, 47. Hankerson said Taylor was trying to comply with police orders when he was shot, the Associated Press reports.

Taylor, who also went by the name Marvin Hunter, was a violent felon legally prohibited from possessing a handgun, police said. His criminal history includes convictions for assault, robbery and rape.

Officers and a civilian witness said he reached for his gun and officers fired on him. He was carrying crack cocaine and black tar heroin, police said.

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OK then @ 2/25/2016 1:07 PM

A violent armed felon is gunned down by police and this is a problem? Is there more to this or is it just typical rabble rousing?

HRPufnstuf @ 2/25/2016 1:16 PM

You sure this was Seattle, and not San Francisco?

tedb @ 2/25/2016 1:29 PM

HRP: I assume you are not a west coast LEO, so here goes...Although SF is the "Queen" of the left coast liberal enclaves, it is by far not the only one. The entire coast is populated with lefties and Seattle and Portland are not far behind SF in leftist, anti-law sociopathic leanings in their populations. I presume it is the same way on the Atlantic coast as well. Once you get about 100 miles or so inland, people get a bit smarter. By the time you get to Nevada, Arizona or Idaho they get REAL smart.

UncleMike @ 2/25/2016 1:41 PM

I'm not the least bit surprised by this development.
The Divider In Chief has seen to it that no matter what crime certain people commit, or what violence they perform, they should be exempt from proper enforcement by LEO's.
God Almighty, I'll be so happy when that POS is out of office.
I think I'll throw a "Good bye and don't let the door hit you in the ass" party when he's gone.

AZBIGDOG @ 2/26/2016 5:32 AM

Okay, you are being arrested for committing a crime, you are a known armed felon, you are carrying felony amounts and types of drugs. So do you a- surrender peacefully and allow yourself to be arrested? b-refuse to comply with commands and then reach for the firearm that the officers know you have. There is a 3rd choice, do b and then if you survive you can sue for lots of money and win and if not you will have numerous persons who apparently find nothing wrong with what you did because you were black. SMFH, are you people in the naacp and aclu and black organizations completely stupid or what?

Brian @ 2/26/2016 5:39 AM

My thoughts are with the Officers and their families as they endure this nonsense.

Chief 800 @ 2/26/2016 6:40 AM

Another case of officers caught following their training and doing there job, well as a Chief I commend you. If you were one of my officers I would give you a hug at the end of your shift, thank you for being diligent and give a thanks to god that you returned to your family safely.

PRPD RET @ 2/26/2016 8:25 AM

One less POS. Well done officers. God Bless.

PRPD RET @ 2/26/2016 8:26 AM

God bless the officers involved. One less POS.

Robert @ 2/26/2016 9:43 AM

Here we go again.
1. There is probably a 90% chance the shooting was justified.
That said, does anyone on this board think before they write?
OK then: Armed felon, is different than armed felon threatening a person.
PRPD RET: glad you are retired, and you get to judge both who is a POS...and that they deserve to die. In my world you are a POS, for making these comments...but, I would not wish death on you (and the loss to your family)....but I didn't lose my humanity by becoming an angry old man!

The family is allowed to hire whoever they want to investigate the death. When the local chief LEO justifies the shooting, by disparaging a dead create a confrontation with the family. For no reason!
Did the officer know the guy was a felon before he was shot...if not, it is not relevant to the incident.

Simply state the person had a gun, the officers felt threatened...and used the force required; and it is a tragedy when this happens. (Madison, WI method)

Leonard @ 2/26/2016 2:13 PM

@Robert: you should know by now that it's standard procedure for police to disparage any of their police shooting victims. Having said that, I'm not familiar enough with this case for an opinion yet.

patrick @ 2/29/2016 8:34 PM

Seattle is a strange place, especially compared to other parts of Washington State. They may be liberal but not off the wall, zero-common-sense liberal.
As for this guy (Taylor/Hunter or whatever he was calling himself that day), his behavior that led to his death is consistent with the pattern of violent, mindless actions that got him locked up in the first place. This shooting has more in common with LaVoy Finicum in Oregon than with Walter Scott or Eric Garner, and I think the vast majority of people can see that. If Black Lives Matter wants to make this guy a poster child, they are shooting themselves in the foot.

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