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originally posted by: hangedman13
Do you think the cops are ninjas? Being in close quarters with a guy with a knife is the worst place to be.Not to mention at that range using a gun is tricky, at that kind of range you are more likely to shoot through someone into another person. Once a person go's out with a weapon and starts threatening people it doesn't matter what his family or friends think. They become a public menace and well being shot is on the table for the outcome.
originally posted by: SlapMonkey
Case in point--ignorance. Do you train with knives? Do you train in knife defenses? Do you train with firearms? Do you train in firearm defenses?
I don't care if anyone takes what I say seriously--how people view my comment does not negate its veracity. And in case you ever wonder, more often than not, the most dangerous individual with a knife is one who does not have any honed knife skills.
Review the video again--the officers did back up a few feet each time the suspect moved closer and closer toward them. But like I said, I would have preferred to see them let the tazer do its work and then arrest and disarm, if possible. But it didn't happen, and legally I'd bet money that the shooting was/is justified based on the suspect's own actions. You'll note that the tazer and firearm were discharge when he raised the knife in the direction of what looks to be the female officer...after giving him an abundance of time to put the weapon down AND while allowing him to continually advance upon them.
Like I said, at some point, the suspect has to have the appropriate personal responsibility placed on his own shoulders.
originally posted by: PresidentCamacho
a reply to: Spider879
I note that if you are not being a complete and total moron and committing crimes you will not be shot or tasered.
Thank you for the reminder.