Over the past few months, however, many other unarmed civilians have been brutalized or even killed by police while a bystander or security camera recorded the entire incident. In these cases, it is often more difficult to argue that cops acted reasonably and within protocol. Taken together, these videos create a dark picture of the times we live in—one that must be confronted. Take heed, however: These images are disturbing, and not for the faint of heart.
Eloy, Ariz. | Jan. 14
Longoria, a suspected car thief, led officers on an hour-long chase before they forced him into a deadly standoff. Though witnesses say Longoria claimed to have a gun and was being uncooperative, no weapon was found on him or in his vehicle, and he appeared to have his hands up when a lone deputy fatally shot him in the back. (The earlier pops are bean bag rounds, designed to incapacitate rather than kill; officers also fired several Taser rounds.)