I was away for 5 days and came back last night to hear about the drastic story change. That seems MAJORLY sketchy to me. I also read that this "hardened criminal" actually had some juvenile offenses on his record only, nothing adult
Harding, who served 22 months in prison for attempting to force a 14-year-old girl into prostitution
doesn't sound to minor to me...not that it justifies what happened
don't get me wrong I dislike and distrust the police as much as anyone but that dosent mean they are always lying. Whether the guy accidentally shot himself because he was being shot at or whether the cops shot him, it was not justified in my mind...fare evasion isnt worth it, let him run
Oops! The articles I read didn't mention that offense, so apologies for my mis-statement.
I agree that the cops aren't always lying, but I do work in a field where I read their reports (including a lot of SFPD reports) several hours each day. It's been really, really shocking how many falsifications and material omissions I catch. That has definitely coloured the way I see stories like this.
The thing that bothers me about this case is that though there were many witnesses, it took, what, a week
for the police to solidify their story. I think that makes the story a lot less credible. I'm concerned with the way this was reported on as well, with many media outlets taking the police statements as truth, when there appeared to be a lot of different versions of what actually happened.
Maybe Harding was the worst person on earth, but I don't think that justifies the way this was handled or the police actions at the time of his killing.