Nice opinion by Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr.
Well written opening to a thoughtful opinion in a difficult case:
This action arises from the tragic shooting of Gregory Harrison by Bowling Green Police Officer Keith Casada. The Court has great respect and admiration for the Bowling Green Police Department and law enforcement generally. It is a difficult and dangerous job we ask them to do and most times, they do it exceedingly well. In this case, there is nothing sinister or evil about Officer Casada. He simply used more force than was reasonable at the time he decided to use force. Case law justifies the use of deadly force when a suspect poses an imminent threat of serious physical harm to officers or others. Most cases justifying the use of deadly force involve rapidly occurring events requiring split second, on the spot, or instantaneous decision-making based on the threatening advances of a suspect. The situation faced that night by the Bowling Green Police Department officers, while tense and potentially dangerous, had not yet reached the point where the use of deadly force was reasonable. Officer Casada simply acted too soon.