posted on Dec, 9 2019 @ 12:07 PM
a reply to: KansasGirl
As of right now, it’s being reported that the suspects fired at law enforcement in three separate
. First at the jewelry store after the armed robbery, secondly during the pursuit, and thirdly when officers began to approach the stopped truck. With
that in mind, we can look at your questions.
Is it ok to hide behind civilians' cars or vans and shoot at suspects, like was done in this incident?
Yes, it is. Is it okay to hide behind occupied
vehicles? It’s a pretty bad idea. Video shows other officers standing in the open. Great, but
now there’s civilians behind them and presumably the suspects shooting at officers aren’t worried about the civilians behind the officers. Video
also shows other officers trying to tell people to move out of the way and taking cover behind police vehicles. That would be the ideal method.
acceptable to fire at and into, from multiple angles, a vehicle containing suspects when the vehicle is surrounded on all sides by bystander
At what angle should they have returned fire
from? As you said, the vehicle was surrounded by civilians. Which means whatever direction the
suspects are shooting, there are civilians in the line of fire.
are ploice trained to avoid or to NOT fire at suspects when there are innocent bystanders on all sides?
Shootouts don’t typically happen in ideal circumstances, to include no civilians around with great backstops on all sides to stop stray rounds. Your
backstop is a
consideration in a shooting but it is not the
consideration in a shooting. The threat to the officers and public at large
is the driving consideration.
There is any number of things that I don’t think were good decisions during this encounter. If it turns out that LE rounds killed a civilian then
I’m entirely on board with holding that, or those, officers accountable. I don’t think they will be.
edit on 9-12-2019 by Shamrock6
because: Fixed link