What happens in a bad police shooting?

The recent shooting of a Fort Worth, Texas African-American woman sitting in her home, and playing video games with her nephew, underlines what happens when police officers wrongfully shoot someone. Did the officer fear for his life, and if so what made him so afraid? If he did feel threatened in this situation; should he have been doing police work? Is fear a valid excuse for shooting someone with virtually no warning inside their own home while you are standing outside? What role does psychology play in these shootings? I believe police officers face an enormous amount of stress, but that is no excuse for murder. Almost all Americans hold police officers in the highest regard with good reason. We have great police forces. America’s challenge is always to live up to our potential, and not just be satisfied with being better than other nations. We can and should hold everyone accountable to our laws, and basic human decency.

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