a reply to: 191stMIDET
Now look here...
This will probably not be a very popular opinion, especially amongst members from my own neck of the woods, but I feel it is a point which needs to
be made, and made clearly.
The only thing wrong with the head count of the dead, is the portion of that number who did not deserve to wind up on the wrong side of the river
Styx. I am not an unrealistic chap. If a pair of fellows just pulled a bank heist, and aimed to blow away every first responder they could get a line
of sight on during some getaway chase, then those individuals need to be taken out before a single innocent dies.
If there is a murderer loose on the streets just offing passers by with a sawn off, then officers need to act decisively to prevent that individual
from continuing to work toward his doctorate in impromptu ballistic surgery. If they are raiding a drug den, and five guys pounce from the shadows
with stolen, military grade, fully automatic weapons with ridiculous cyclical rates, then those five guys had better die, instead of the policemen who
are chasing them. Crazies packing drugs, AND guns like that in tandem, are rarely the sort you want to be running amok.
If ALL of the individuals in that one hundred and eleven strong number of the dead, were posing a mortal threat to either the lives of officers, or
the public at the time they were snuffed out, then sad as it is that they took that route, their actions are their own responsibility, and they have
reaped what they have been sowing. That is the best shot any of us get in life. However, that is simply not the case. Although you will not find me
wringing my hands when some thug gets bagged and tagged, to the great relief of anyone living within the same five block radius as he occupies,
unnecessary death at the hands of law enforcement is a travesty, an absolute disgrace, and there are few so tragic as the one detailed in the OP.
A man who posed no threat, left to die of a broken neck after hour upon seemingly unceasing hour of what must have been a horrific amount of
suffering, both physical and psychological, deserves our sympathy. Professional criminals, murderers, molesters, gang hitters, and the like, deserve
pretty much any negative consequence they happen across on this world.
This is a distinction we loose sight of all to readily. I live in a nation where the law does not support a persons right to defend themselves and
their community from nefarious persons, in any but the most prosaic and often ineffectual fashion. I also live in a nation where the police seem to
gain new powers over the law abiding every week, but seem incapable of bringing a criminal to justice, without having them out again on good
behaviour, or some other such rubbish, regardless of what they might have done previously, unless they happen to have been one of the big time
That "softer than ice cream gets when you put a hot donut on top of it" approach has lead to deaths here before. I would rather see droves of scum
mown down with a couple of coaxial mounted LMGs, than see some of the bastards we let out of our jails walk free. But for a single innocent to die,
for a single person to die slowly, of an injury inflicted by an officer, when their guilt is not assured and they no longer pose a threat to human
life, is utterly and totally disgusting.
Again, it is not about how many die, it is about how many made a wilful decision to behave in a fashion that could only have lead to their dying.
Living by violence, and ending in it is karma. Living in peace and dying in agony, from wounds uninvited, and undeserved? Not so much.