A campus police offer in San Antonio has been placed on paid leave following the shooting of an unarmed student who directed a sarcastic remark toward the officer.
The incident took place Friday morning during a traffic stop close to the University of the Incarnate Word. KSAT News reports that 23-year-old honor student Robert Cameron Redus was shot to death by Cpl. Christopher Carter at around around 2 a.m.
After pulling Redus over for speeding, according to the police report, witnesses said that the officer emptied his gun into the student, without warning and despite the fact he was unarmed.
â€œI didnâ€™t hear him say anything like, â€˜Get down on your hands and knees,â€™ you know? I didnâ€™t hear him say anything. He just started shooting,â€ one witness said. â€œHe emptied the gun on himâ€¦ Boom, boom, boom.Six shots â€” five or six.â€
Another witness, Mohammad Haidarasl, says that Redusâ€™ last words were â€œOh, youâ€™re gonna shoot me?â€ said to Carter in a sarcastic off-handed tone. Haidarasl added that he heard the officer saying â€œStop resisting, stop resisting.â€
Haidarasl lived below Redus and described him as â€œthe nicest guy.â€ Other residents described Redus as â€œkind, intelligent, compassionate and well-loved within the community.â€
â€œHe was not an aggressive person at all, so the story doesnâ€™t make sense,â€ one resident said.
Carter has claimed that shortly after he stopped Redus, â€œa struggle ensuedâ€ between himself and the student.
An official statement from the university noted that Carter has â€œan extensive law-enforcement background,â€ and has worked on the campus for â€œseveral yearsâ€. However, the San Antonio Express-News notes that Carter has only been in the job two-and-a-half years, after working for eight different law enforcement agencies in the same number of years.
The latest case also brings to mind the incident in California earlier this year, in which a police officer was caught on tape shooting and killing an unarmed homeless man, Hans Kevin Arellano, because he called her a â€œbitch.â€
Cops are now routinely shooting and killing people when they perceive any kind of threat, even kids with toy guns and small dogs.
But then again, this is America, a police state where law enforcement officers called in to defuse minor domestic disputes end up shooting people, including kids, dead. And even if you get lucky and the cops miss when they shoot at you, youâ€™ll most likely end up facing an assault lawsuit.
ObamaÂ opposes the Second Amendment
There are very few things that are predictable in this country.
One thing that is predictable is: You can always count on the Obama administration to do the dishonorable thing.
The latest example of this fact is the Justice Departmentâ€™s recent attempt to prosecute law-abiding citizens who purchase a gun and later sell that gun to another law-abiding citizen.
Attorney General Eric Holder and his general cronies are trying to call these legal transactions â€œstraw purchases,â€ which would mean that anyone who privately sold a firearm would be guilty of committing a felony, based on the federal paperwork they signed at the time of purchase.
This is simply another blatant attempt by the Obama administration to thwart an individualâ€™s Constitutional right to purchase, own, or sell a firearm and also to violate the right of the states to regulate these legal transactions.
Or to put it in its simplest terms, this is a back-door attempt to institute another form of federal gun control.
No less than half of our fifty states have filed suit with the U.S. Supreme Court to stop this tyrannical and excessive power-grab by the federal government.
As a United States senator from Illinois, one of Americaâ€™s most hostile states to private gun ownership, Obama has made no secret of the fact that he opposes the Second Amendment.
There is absolutely nothing in his private history or professional record to suggest that Obama supports the rights of individual citizens to own firearms.
The most recent proof of this was the presidentâ€™s willingness to exploit the shooting of school children at Sandy Hook Elementary to promote the institution of Universal Background Checks, which do absolutely nothing to stop random acts of gun violence, but always lead to non-random acts of gun confiscation.
If Obama had his way, nobody in America would have access to guns, nobody except for the police, the military, and the lawless thugs who currently break all the federal and state gun regulations we have now.
However, in his seemingly-endless desire to abolish the Second Amendment, the president is willing to settle for taking only one small bite of the apple, or at least heâ€™s willing to settle until Obamaâ€™s able to successfully steal the whole orchard.
Every time an individual purchases a gun in America, he is forced to submit to a federal background check and answer a series of questions, paperwork that was only supposed to be maintained for a brief period of time.
But that is no longer the case under the Obama administration.
You can be certain that every bit of this gun transaction paperwork has been cataloged and maintained by the same kind, generous, and well-meaning federal officials who are now listening to every phone call you make and reading every e-mail you send.
If these states lose their suit against the federal government, Obama will instruct Eric Holder to make it illegal for any law-abiding citizen to transfer a firearm to anyone else without the benefit of federal paperwork and oversight to fully document the purchase.
And once the government is fully able to track the owner and location of every firearm in America, it will make it much easier for the government to take them away, something that is happening at this very moment in the city of New York.
You can be certain that Eric the Red, who also has made no secret of his opposition to private gun ownership, will be more than happy to comply with the presidentâ€™s order.
Not only will you no longer be able to legally sell your guns to another law-abiding citizen, it will also be illegal for a father to purchase a hunting rifle as a gift for his son or to pass along his valued collection of firearms to family members as a part of his estate.
And at that point, the Second Amendment will simply be another set of words on a document that the president swore to uphold but routinely ignores.
Take a long, hard look, America.
This is what tyranny looks like.