So basically, it was OK to shoot at an unarmed suspect who was making no threatening moves (though he admittedly was a pretty scary guy, having shrugged off shotgun rouds loaded with beanbags that hit him IN THE GROIN, and taser rounds fired by a "Police Deck Officer"). But what was NOT ok is the chance that one of those rounds COULD HAVE hit another portland cop, but DID NOT. Only one portland cop has EVER been fired for deadly force, and he got his job back (according to the above article).
Let's sum it up in a handy bullet point formet:
Shooting a gal who is driving away but not making any "gun grabbing" type moves: OK
Shooting an unarmed guy while your partner tasers the shit out of him for 2 minutes: fine.
Tasering a 71 year old blind lady during a dispute over a wagon: cool.
pepper spraying babies, bystanders and reporters: yup.
Tasering a person in the back as he walks away for giving you lip: whatever ya gotta do, man.
Slamming protesters to the ground and basically twisting them into pretzels for jaywalking: no prob.
Firing three .45 cal bullets at a man who is running away in a hotel but not showing a weapon: totally legit.
Firing those same three bullets in a way that does not hurt any cops, but gives them a bit of a fright because they flew too close to them for comfort: FUCK YOU DUDE, you are going DOWN! Throw the book at 'em!
Hey, I am not saying that this cop should keep his job, endangering your co-workers with a glock is kinda one of those "justifiable firing" conditions. McDonald's would fire any fry cook that threw spatulas at the cashier. What I am saying is that the OTHER cops who did WORSE things ALSO should lose their jobs (and in many cases, more). The priorities of this city's police are totally ass backwards.