4 weeks ago
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Amazing Joe Horn Walkthrough Video
I'll comment on this later today. For now, I am still in awe with just how close the two bad guys were to him.
Ok, I now have time to comment a bit on this video.
As I said before, the thing that strikes me the most about the whole thing is how close the bad guys were to Mr. Horn. Now I am not going to get into the legality of what he did, he has already been cleared of the charges. Nor am I going to talk about what he could have done differently.
As near as I can tell, this video was taken less than 4 hours after the shooting.
What I am focusing on is his reactions on that video. You are watching the full gambit of emotions run through this man all at the same time. He is visibly shaken. He is still very scared. He is also upset but feels like he was forced to do what he did. He also shows anger, he is downright mad at being forced to shoot.
All of those emotions are textbook examples of how people act in a defensive shooting.
Also, in my opinion he was way too talkative. I have heard that this is very common, that usually the cops have a harder time getting the guy to stop talking than they do getting him to talk. The usual advice is to say something like "I will be glad to cooperate but I need to have my attorney present first." The only problem is that when you are in a super high stress situation like this, you tend to forget things like that.
Hopefully this video will serve as a good lesson on how you might act if faced with a similar situation.
Posted by Chris at 4:55 AM