Nehemiah Blessed Fischer, The Washington Post reports, now knows that isn’t true:
A video released Monday by Oklahoma Highway Patrol shows Fischer, an associate pastor at a local Tulsa church, pushing a trooper moments before he was shot on Friday. ...Fischer’s understandably devastated family claimed he couldn’t have attacked the cops. It just wasn’t in him.
Fischer died Friday night on a country road about 20 miles outside of Tulsa. He and his older brother, Brandon, had been fishing and doing repairs on their father’s farm when heavy rains caused waist-high flash floods. The brothers’ truck became stuck in a ditch. When someone, perhaps a passerby, called police, two highway patrolmen responded to the scene to help.
But what was supposed to be a roadside rescue quickly became a fatal altercation.
Officials claimed that Fischer, upset over being ordered to leave the truck behind, had attacked the officer. “As they were exiting the water, coming towards the troopers, a confrontation occurred and one of the troopers was actually assaulted,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Timmons told CNN Sunday. “And in defense of himself, he fired.”[ Video shows Oklahoma assistant pastor pushing patrolman before fatal shooting, By Michael E. Miller June 2, 2015]
The video suggests otherwise.
Commenters see different things in the video. The shooting was unjustified, they say. But a cop is not obliged to engage every suspect in hand-to-hand combat when someone attacks him.
If you attack a cop, expect the worst. He might night-stick you. He might tase you. But he just might shoot you.