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Walking 'With Purpose' Now Punishable By The Death Penalty In Iowa

A veteran police officer shot someone dead because he was walking with purpose.
Walking 'With Purpose' Now Punishable By The Death Penalty In Iowa
Image from: Des Moines Register

What does "walking with purpose" even mean? I was always taught to walk briskly with good posture and as though I had somewhere to go when I walked to avoid being targeted by rapists and things.

But for Ryan Keith Bolinger, that meant being shot dead by a cop.

A veteran police officer shot and killed an unarmed man this week in Des Moines, Iowa, after firing through the rolled-up window of her patrol car. Police say the man, identified as 28-year-old Ryan Keith Bolinger, “walked with purpose” toward officer Vanessa Miller’s vehicle when she fired the fatal shot.

According to police, the incident began on Tuesday night when Bolinger pulled up his Lincoln sedan to a Des Moines police patrol car helping to make an unrelated traffic stop of another vehicle. Bolinger was allegedly so close to the pullover that the officer inside could not open his door.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Des Moines police sergeant Jason Halifax said Bolinger then got out of his car and began “dancing in the street or making unusual movements in the street”.

Halifax said that Bolinger then got back into his vehicle and led police on a low-speed chase before making a U-turn, giving officers an opportunity to block his path with their patrol cars.

It was at this point, Halifax said, that Bolinger got out of his Lincoln and rushed toward the officer’s vehicle. Officer Miller, a seven-year veteran, fired one shot at Bolinger’s torso, who died on the scene.

No weapons were found on or near Bolinger’s body.

According to the Des Moines Register, Bolinger took police on a slow speed chase for a couple of miles before stopping and exiting his car, at which time he walked toward theirs "with purpose."

Maybe to tell them to quit following him? Or ask why they were? I don't know. But it seems like an extreme reaction to a situation that might or might not have been menacing.

There are some judgment issues going on here


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