Monday, January 12, 2015

Suicide by Cop -- Posthumous Apology by Victim

Washington Post
"Those who commit suicide by cop don’t usually have the chance to apologize. But a man killed by police in San Francisco on Jan. 4 after he threatened them with what turned out to be an air gun has done just that.
“Please, don’t blame yourself,” read a note to police found on the cellphone of Matthew Hoffman, the 32-year-old man who was killed Sunday, as the Associated Press reported. “I used you. I took advantage of you.”
Hoffman staged a standoff with police in the parking lot of a police station. When he brandished the gun, two officers shot him a total of three times. 
“You did nothing wrong,” Hoffman’s note said, as SF Gate reported. “You ended the life of a man who was too much of a coward to do it himself … I provoked you. I threatened your life as well as the lives of those around me.”"

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