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on May 6, 2014
Excellent result to a stupid decision on the result of the 18 year old. Saves us from dealing with him later in life.
The worst sin of American conservatism is that it has legitimized the awful mean streak that used to be shameful -- an adolescent life stage we were supposed to grow out-of, and did.
This young man's problems were not a capital offense. He was shot at least three times too many -- and probably four.
Mr. SR: there, but for grace, goes you.
I suppose you would prefer the the police officer get beaten and crippled by the youth with the baseball bat? I am sorry the boy is dead but I would be much more upset if the officer didn't protect himself and ended up disabled for life or dead after being beaten with a bat.
I'm on the right side of the aisle (and a member of the NRA) but what the police did was unconscionable. What happened to BACK UP. Why was he close enough with a gun drawn to a man with a bat. Why have the gun drawn at all to escalate the problem. They should have used diplomacy backed up and waited him out. If he had a rifle they would have waited hours/days. It's the same thing when police put 30 bullets into a car because the officer's "life was in danger." Don't stand in front of a car when someone is trying to get away. We outlawed high speed chases in many communities for that same reason. If you have time to get in a shooting stance and fire you have enough time to move to the side. Armed robbery and murder suspects may be an exception.
These things keep happening. Police have a God Complex. Giving an "order" to a mentally ill person won't make him respond the way you want him to. Sane people would never be in the situation to begin with and would respond properly to the order. Almost by definition the person who doesn't respond to the police have issues. It was a plain and simple execution.
1, or 2, shots did seem necessary.
4 bullets fired seems very excessive!
I'd like to hear why the police officer fired so many shots and where on the body he aimed.
(And why do the police never seem to aim for the legs with at least some of their shots (in cases where it isn't gun-to-gun)?
Although I support the police in general, this sounds like a cop that I'd rather see let go.
Question (for better reporting): How many shots hit and where?
Lots of Monday morning quarterbacking going on. Please share with us your extensive training and experience? How many times you've fired a gun and hit the target the first time while under attack?
I have to say the police were completely justified in their response to a man answering the door holding a metal bat on a domestic disturbance call. Maybe some of you don't remember the boy who got a brain injury from a ball that hit him that had been hit by a metal bat and the batter obviously wasn't trying to hurt the pitcher. The fact that the man actually hit the officer with the bat because he drew his weapon just shows the police were correct in their actions as this man had no respect for the law or injuring or killing another person.
It is never smart or good decision to try and hit a poice officer with anything, bat, your fist, an object, etc. This young man made the wrong decision and lost his life and the officer will have to live with his the rest of his. You can blame the officer all you want but when you need police protection or assistance, you don't hesitate to call them. What is excessive force is a difficult judgement call in the real world.
Should have tasered him. Pepper sprayed him. But 4 shots at point blank range? Just seems a bit extreme. If someone has a bat over their head back out of range pull your taser and the confrontation ends with a sick kid in the mental hospital not the morgue. Sad for all involved.
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