Recently, the police officers who shot Tamir Rice did not get indicted. This sparked as much outrage as the killing itself. Hence, this morning The Atlantic published an article titled "The Laws and Rules who Protect Police who Kill." I was certain that I could find something that I could argue with. I did. The comment below is not necessarily conservative, but is more right leaning than left. This commenter is basically arguing that Rice's killing was justified by self defense.
That's an over-reaction. Self-defense isn't and shouldn't be a crime.
Indeed, police officers do have the right to self defense. Every human has the right to self defense. Yet, and I am sure you agree, the shooting of an unarmed twelve year old boy is not self defense.
I know that Tamir Rice was carrying a pellet gun. I also know that it looked like he was pulling out the gun. Yet because the police officers did not give first aid, because the police officers did nothing after shooting him, they are guilty of at least neglect.
When a police officer makes an arrest, the officer makes the arrest with the duty to apprehend the offender while causing minimal collateral damage and minimal damage to the offender. These two officers failed in this duty.