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Dallas Police Shooting: Misinterpreting Visual Evidence?

Some commentators have argued (e.g. here and here) that Dallas Police officers brandished weapons that fired blanks

Close visual analysis may suggest otherwise

MHB Commenter ‘Toni’

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There’s been conjecture about the above image to which I must take exception. The image, showing police grouped against a wall during the Dallas shooting event, is said to reveal an officer holding an orange training pistol, as well as many red blank-fire adapters attached to several of the weapons.

But close observation tells me that these colorful details are, in fact, visual aberrations that regularly manifest in the kind of low resolution screen grabs that come from a cell phone video, as this appears to be.

Let’s start with the orange pistol. If you magnify that part of the image you will see that the officer’s left hand is resting palm-down on the back of the officer in front of him, making any grip on the alleged gun, which appears to be pointing to the sky, decidedly tenuous.

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