a reply to: Kandinsky
Whoa, let's back up for a second. The issue is that it appears that the Police do not have a clear set of Rules of Engagement.
They should have them, just as the Military does. There are lots of 'good shoots' in the military in foreign countries where they ask for and are
denied the option to shoot.
IMO, Police need to re-align themselves with their actual job and that is to bring in people who are about to or have committed violent crimes for
presentation to a judge and jury. It should not be their job to stop people on the highway for 'imagined' or 'low level event' so they can go on a
There should be no high speed chases after a car which just didn't want to stop for the cops, because AT THAT MOMENT there was not a crime (except for
fleeing from the cops). They should note the license number and find the owner and arrest them later. It's not worth the life of ONE INNOCENT person
who might be killed during a high speed chase and there are many of those. Some departments have already outlawed this practice, but sadly only after
innocent people are killed.
There should not be cops who chase after people on foot who they did NOT see commit a crime, simply on the word of someone else, which then leads to
that person on foot being killed because they 'resisted'. They had not committed a crime at that point.
The problem is that there is too much 'fishing expedition' type stops going on, too many arrests for the use of substances which is a victimless crime
and all too often cops have the idea that it's their job to shoot people because they are given guns.
We need to ramp back their armament to the possession of a 5-6 shot revolver, take away the militaristic upscaling of their armament and use, instead,
radios, overwhelming force, PATIENCE and kindness if warranted and alternative means (such as netting and spraying foam and other non-lethal methods
which are used in other countries.
If we did this there would be a lot less deaths on either side. Nobody is saying that in the event that there is a clear indication to use deadly
force that it should not be an option but it should be WAY DOWN at the bottom of the list of options. But it's not. It's the first option.
Arresting people is what cops do. They will, apparently, do anything and everything to get arrests, including, as we've seen recently on a cop's lapel
camera, plant evidence. This has being going on for a LONG time.
Let's have policing where they actually have a first edict to protect and then to serve and eliminate as best as possible the evolution of cops as
thugs in blue who think it's ok to shoot and kill someone for disrespecting them.