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It's day three of the King County inquest into the shooting of Native American woodcarver John T. Williams by Seattle Police Officer Ian Birk. And

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Ian Birk, Seattle Police Officer, Demonstrates "Aggressive" Move That Made Him Shoot John T. Williams as a "Half Turn"

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It's day three of the King County inquest into the shooting of Native American woodcarver John T. Williams by Seattle Police Officer Ian Birk. And now we're finally getting a better description of the "aggressive move" that Birk has said made him have "no choice" but to put four bullets in the man's torso.

According to The Seattle Times, Birk himself demonstrated the move to the court as a "half turn" while holding the knife.

Here is Times reporters Christine Clarridge and Steve Miletich's description from their live blogging at the trial.

UPDATE AT 10:35 A.M.: Under questioning by Ford, Birk demonstrated the "aggressive" move he said Williams made toward him before the shooting, making a half turn with the knife in his hand.

Ford asked Birk if he continued to move toward Williams after he ordered him to drop the knife. Birk said he did not.

The "half turn" would certainly explain why the bullet holes were in Williams' side.

But it stands to reason that it would take a "whole turn" and some additional threatening movements in order to pose the kind of threat that would warrant squeezing off four rounds in self-defense.

Whatever the case, folks should remember that only one other cop has ever been found guilty of an unjustified shooting by an inquest jury. So don't hold your breath that this one will turn out differently.

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