Mo. Senator: ‘There Are Alternatives to Death’ Even When Cops Are Threatened with Guns

‘Black lives do matter’

“Our deadly force laws in the state of Missouri are very broad and, in some cases, people say unconstitutional. So we do need to define better our deadly force laws. I do believe that there are alternatives to death, even if someone does have a gun. But in this situation where this officer felt as though he was in a dangerous situation, he had to shoot the young man, and it’s unfortunate that he lost his life. And I wish that he did not. Because people around America right now, are quite upset about the loss of black lives, and black lives do matter.”

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