A Still Life of Real Life
The Observer headline uses appeared to lower gun to describe the action of Danquirs Franklin just before he is killed by CMPD.
However, I see a crouched man with the left side of his body turned toward the officer, his right foot planted. Mr. Franklin’s entire body language screams sudden movement, perhaps a pivot towards the officer as he rises to a threatening position.
Anyone is entitled to interpret a stilled scene., but you be that officer, when everything is moving, and decide what you would do. However, before you decide, take lots of time to evaluate Mr. Franklin’s body language in the photograph on the front page of the Observer. Time the CMPD officer did not have.