Saturday, August 25, 2012 4:48:08 AM
I never claimed to be an expert but I am very familiar with policy and procedure as I have been dispatching for 10 years and am married to a 20 year police officer. In those 20 years he has never even fired his duty weapon. Are there bad cops out there? Absolutely! There are bad seeds in every profession you can think of. But the vast majority do the job because they have a desire to make a positive change in their communities. You don't read the stories about about the good things they do. For example, in the county I work in the officers do fundraisers (on their own time) to raise money for needy kids then take a large group of them to local stores to buy what they need and want for Christmas, for themselves and their families. My husband works his ass off to provide for our family and my only hope at the end of the day is that he comes home in one piece. If that means shooting a knife wielding idiot then so be it. He should have dropped it one of the first 20 times he was told to.
Sunday, August 19, 2012 11:48:54 PM
And did I mention that they fired 46 rounds into one man? 23 would have been horrific, 12 unreasonable, 6 overkill but 46 (and probably 47 when they find them all) I am reminded of a thing the UK police did where they all emptied their guns and one had a blank. That way you didn't know who killed him and nobody had to suffer the remorse.
Sunday, August 19, 2012 11:26:21 PM
Also they had night sticks, they could have been deployed too. It seems fair, 5 people with billy clubs, tasers, pepper spray and quite possibly teargas, beanbag rounds and rubber bullets and semi-automatic weapons and an attack dog against a homeless man with a knife (who had called them), Aren't cops taught how to use their non-lethal weapons? They certainly seem to do so when unprovoked.