Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Officer Resigns

The Seattle police officer who fatally shot a deaf man on a downtown street in the middle of the day has resigned. Ian Birk resigned soon after prosecutors said no charges would be filed against Birk. The Firearms Review Board said the shooting was unjustified. John T. Williams was carrying a knife. Williams, who was a woodcarver, did not drop the knife, so Dirk shot him 5 times. Williams' family and supporters are planning demonstrations downtown. The video below does not show the actual shooting, but the policeman can be heard shouting, “Hey, put the knife down.”