I can't imagine how I would feel if someone I knew or loved was shot and killed, and videos of it got posted all over the internet.
That being said.. I think involuntary manslaughter was appropriate. If this cop were some sort of racist, you'd think he would have been badgering and fighting with the guy the whole time. Instead it seems like a relatively normal arrest, until the guy starts to resist.. and then, apparently, is accidentally shot. It's horrible. The cop made a serious mistake, and unfortunately for him, that sort of error doesn't go unpunished.
These riots however... are just an excuse for ignorant losers to steal a TV.
Webster said a couple of things I wanted to react to.. First that the cop wasn't cut out for the job. I think his body language in the video makes that pretty easy to agree with. We all have our encounters with retarded ass policemen. Maybe they're not actually stupid.. maybe they're nervous, reckless, or badly tempered for no good reason. This 'bad' cop was just in the wrong situation. Had this not happened, there's a chance he could have lived through an entire career being just one more.. dumb ass cop.
On the other hand.. Webster also mentioned something about how it wasn't likely that the kid was reaching for a gun. That's a little too arguable of a statement.. it honestly doesn't matter how many people are standing around you, or kneeling on top of you. This accident shows just how easy it is for one bullet to do irreversible damage. Handguns are easy to conceal, and easy to fire. Especially at the range those cops were at (or any of the others standing around).. if he DID have a handgun, and managed to randomly squeeze off a shot, then it's entirely reasonable that one of the cops would have been killed. I think the cop had the correct reaction to reach for his STUNgun, as those things are virtually harmless and would have ensured the protection of everyone in the area.
Accidents happen every day. Sometimes you don't see the jogger until it's too late.. or know the gun was loaded.. or whatever..
My opinion, is that this cop was only suspected of murder because he was white. The guy being arrested was black. And there were 20 trashy people standing around with cell phone videos rolling, screaming their worthless lungs out about police brutality.
But I could be wrong.