Saturday, March 12, 2005 9:18:11 PM
shoot because they were able to retreat. They showed restraint by allowing that option. Once their retreat was not possible, either they were blocked or the bad guy was endangering others, the cops should shoot. If the guy should close in on a cop faster than the cop can retreat, the bad guy should be shot until he no longer advances. The cop is not going to turn tail and run away, he has to be able to shoot if the bad guy starts running or lunges.
Police are justified using deadly force when, a reasonable police officer believes his life or someone elseâ€™s live is in eminent danger. It is not judged from hindsight, but from the viewpoint of a police officer (not a untrained citizen) in a rapidly evolving situation where decisions have to be made in split seconds.
Saturday, March 12, 2005 9:17:15 PM
Iâ€™ve been a police officer for seven years in the Chicago area. Hereâ€™s the problem. The first thing you have to remember is although we may have had a big 40 hours of self defense in a police academy, no cop is "combat trained." You canâ€™t expect police to be able to overcome any situation, like this one, without any harm to anyone. Iâ€™m concerned about three things. Firstly, I donâ€™t want to get hurt. Iâ€™m just like you, remember? Secondly, I donâ€™t want to see anyone else get hurt. And thirdly, I donâ€™t want to see the bad guy get hurt. But to effect one and two, Iâ€™ll choose the bad guy getting hurt.
In this situation, the cops contained the bad guy by surrounding him. The bad guy moved at the cops, who have two options, retreat, or shoot him until he is no longer a threat. They didnâ€
Saturday, March 12, 2005 8:58:18 PM
If a cop tells you to do something; do it. Afterwards it's the court which makes the decision. Anyone who resists should be taken down anyway possible. Take Rodney King for example; we`ve only seen the last 10 minutes of that incident, not the half hour prior when he acted like the non-nice individual he is.
Saturday, March 12, 2005 2:58:37 PM
I personally think we should let police officers have a bit of slack , we complain alot about police burtality but they do risk thier lives. Just recently in toronto there was a guy in a rental van ( reminicent of the oklahoma city bombings) and he was threatenging to hurt people at a near by protest by blowing himself up. They had this on TV as it happened and in the end he lighted himself up with a bottle of gasoline. If police officers have to worry about thier actions even more than they do know this situation could have been allot worse.