>> Whether or not the officer spoke English to this fellow seems irrelevant.
Not completely agree.
Of course not the only thing to blame,
but i agree that every factor count a little bit towards the whole outcome.
>> If that man didn't understand that he should stand down after being hit with a baton
may not possible for a person who "maybe" easily get angry by others action, gestures or words towards him
so speaking the same language may alleviate the situation a bit, at least there is more hope than otherwise would be.
other than language, the tune of voice, friendly face, politeness, avoid body contact at the very beginning due to cultural differences matter too
>> and seeing a gun drawn on him, I doubt that a few words would have made a difference.
from watching the video, seems the man may not have enough time to response or set back after the police "suddenly" pull out his gun and fire at him.
>> Seriously, a weapon is pointed at someone and he keeps going.
What i am doubting is did the police officier give a pause to let the man seeing the gun is pointing to him now ?
From watching the video repeatly, seems the police was like pulling out his gun to shoot at a tiger or lion without really giving a "pause"