On May 26, 2014, two Los Angeles County deputies killed 23-year old Noel Aguilar. A video has since surfaced of the incident. TTAG reader RB sent this analysis:
When I first watched this video I thought that the cop shot the kid in retaliation for being shot himself. But after viewing it more closely, this video seems far worse that that. Both cops didn’t murder Aguilar, they EXECUTED HIM to cover up their screwup . . .
At the 0:20 mark you see officer 1 smacking the fist of Aguilar and at 0:25 he puts a small pistol in his belt at the appendix position (a good way to shoot your junk if you ask me, unless you KNOW it isn’t loaded), officer 2 has his service pistol out and gets pushed over slamming his hand “with pistol”onto the ground at 0:48 almost drops it and ends up shooting his partner.
A t 1:10 Officer 2 repeatedly asks Aguilar “where’s the gun?”. The suspect starts freaking out obviously and says he didn’t shoot nobody. Right after officer 2 shoots his partner you can see that his pistol has malfunctioned and is out of battery.
Look CAREFULLY at the 1:30 mark and WATCH officer 1 pull a small pistol out of his waistband to plant it on the scene, that’s the one that he had placed in his belt at the beginning of the vid, so he knows it wasn’t that one. He places it on the scene again and even fiddles with it on the ground a couple times.
At 0:45 officer 2 tries to shoot Aguilar but his pistol is malfunctioned from the previous shot, Aguilar asks “Why you pulling a gun on me?”
At 0:48 he racks the slide and immediately after the malfunction is cleared, shoots Aguilar in the chest (the malfunction gave him a chance to change his mind, but it was already made up). Officer 1 calmly unholsters and follows up with 3 contact shots to Aguilars back to finish him off then reholsters. Officer 2 continues to kneel on Aquilar while he’s bleeding out to make sure he doesn’t survive to give any testimony.
At 3:25 you see officer 1 place the pistol with the stainless slide (that he earlier pulled out of his front belt) in the back of his belt.
What is clear from this video is that all shots were fired by the officers, all shots to Aguilar were deliberate and not in defense in any way, shape or form. In fact I would say that once officer 2 decided that Aguilar needed to die, they both worked together as a team to accomplish that task
A couple of things that aren’t 100% clear in the vid I might deduce, Are we sure that the small pistol with stainless slide was Aguilars? If so, when officer 1 is beating Aguilars hand at the beginning at 0:20, you can clearly see there is no pistol in his hand, yet at 0:23 he reaches way forward and picks up the pistol he tucks in his belt at the appendix position. Was that pistol on his partner?
WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU PLACE AN UNKNOWN PISTOL IN YOUR BELT IN THE APPENDIX POSITION WITHOUT A HOLSTER? Anyone with even mediocre understanding of pistols (especially a cop) knows that’s how you shoot off your junk or your femoral artery. The only way I would do that is if i KNEW it wasn’t loaded. If you are struggling with someone wouldn’t it be safest to slide it away and retrieve it later?
At 0:34 officer 2 glances back at the camera/people in the building, he doesn’t at any other time look down the alley or anywhere else for situational awareness. They know they’re being watched/recorded, not damning in itself but if you were trying to wrestle a dangerous person you should be focused on the task at hand.
We’ve seen other videos where they will repeatedly say “stop resisting!” to an unconscious/dead person for the benefit of cameras/bystanders. Could that be maybe why they kept asking where the gun was? It appears that officer 1, after pulling the smaller pistol out of his belt and placing it on the ground, fiddled with it several times, perhaps to make sure it was visible to bystanders?
I’ve known LEO acquaintances and relatives that have admitted that they knew a good amount of officers would keep throwaway pistols on them to plant if they needed to.
Something to think about, next time you see on the news someones face with the word “TERRORIST” or “GANG MEMBER” underneath it think about who gave them the info. People tend to believe the words underneath the screen because it seems official.