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Aug 5, 2014
Muhlenberg, PA- In the small town of Muhlenberg, PA, a call to the local police about a man threatening suicide with a kitchen knife was met with by a highly militarized police response.
The police response to the suicide threat highlighted the increasing militarization of police across the US.
Residents of the home had already vacated the property when police arrived. According to police, the suicidal man was a frequent houseguest of the homeowners.
The police entered and cornered the man into a bedroom. The man then barricaded himself in the room. It was at this point that the Berks County Emergency Response Team was called in to take over.
Rather than de-escalate the situation using mental health professionals, the police doubled down on their high-pressure tactics and militarized response.
A man threatening to take his own life with a knife was reason enough to put into action a SWAT response, a sniper in a ghillie suit and an MRAP armored personnel carrier.
The response was more akin to that of a battlefield in Afghanistan then a mental health crisis in small town America. Sadly, this type of police response is becoming more and more frequent as the police state grows.
Later the police confirmed that the man had a history of mental illness.
Luckily, the man agreed to come out of the house prior to being killed by officers, such as what happened to Michael Blair in a very similar incident in Fort Bend, Texas earlier this year.
Blair was not so fortunate, as he was shot and killed by the officers responding to the call of him threatening suicide with a knife.
originally posted by: Another_Nut
F these murdering psychopaths
Like hey couldn't have used as tazer?
Eta never call the cops unless u want someone ded
a reply to: AnteBellum
originally posted by: RoScoLaz4
a reply to: AnteBellum
so they killed him to stop him killing himself (the earlier case). warped justice right there. oh and of course, trigger-happy dullards with a badge. as usual.
originally posted by: Mikeultra
Well I think I counted 11 shots, so you can't say the cop unloaded a magazine on the guy. How many times did the cop ask or demand that the guy drop the knife? More than eleven? Secondly the dead guy looked like he was stabbing himself a lot prior to the shooting. He was either possessed by the devil, seriously mentally disturbed, wanted suicide by cop, or was high on PCP.