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So if a person a few feet from you, obviously crazed and derranged, jumps at you with a knife, you're going to ask her to stop, and maybe fire a shot into her shoulder, heck, maybe you can fire a shot to knock the knife right outta her hands right?
And you also expect your fellow officers to not shoot, when you're about to get killed?
Originally posted by doctorfungi
I don't want to seem like an asshole here... really. But you can't seriously make comments like you are on this subject without being there.
It is surley a tragic story. And my thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I cannot honestley say what it is like to be raped and I am sure it is one of the worst things someone can go through.
Regardless of that, anyone with a knife waving it at the police is plain and simply asking to be shot. It is common sense that you do not carry a weapon any where near the cops. Hell, I wouldn't even carry a toy gun near the police these days.
The reports also say that she was lunging at the officers. How do you know they didn't try non-lethal force before shooting her? It's happened before... when people get tear-gassed at protests people put up a stink only to find out days later that the officers used every other method possible first.
Also those of you implying that the officers would have had to reload their weapons... wrong.
Cops and Soldiers are not blood thirsty, trigger happy maniacs who just look for someone to shoot. These men dedicate their lives to protecting people. They do not shoot people to get off over it. Sometimes that means themselves. If someone is lunging at knife at you, you do whatever you have to do to protect your life and the life of your fellow officers.
No one here can honestley tell me that all the cops at the scene agreed to go and find someone to shoot.
This woman threatened the lives of the officers and by the sounds of it, threatened the lives of anyone else who would have been on the streets that night. Hell she slashed her own mother for gods sake.
It is sad that she was put in the mind frame that she was put in by the rapists. It is a tragedy. But the cops cannot be blamed for this.
Originally posted by porschedrifter
23 bullets would take down the strongest man, one bullet would take down a little girl.
If these officers were really in that much of danger, a simple shot to the leg, foot or even into the AIR would have scared her straight.
A small pocket knife would inflict a small wound
a folding pocket knife.
Whatever happened to warning shots?
Police officers should not be able to fire unless fired upon.
This is a horrible freak accident
and something really needs to be done about this situation,
So she wouldn't have done that (if she even did attack the police) if she was in her own mind!
So goddamnit, wtf do the cops have sticks and tazers for?
Who knows what kinds of people are in the police force.
In my area, the worst problem is cops constantly harrassing and even arresting teens.
Or am I supposed to just stand there and risk injury or death just to satisfy a law?
It seems she had the knife pointed at herself
To add to that, she was trying to escape, not attack.
THats what a taser is for.
If I did I would not shoot and then reload a clip, then continue to shoot, I would shoot a few times.
3 cops with 5/6 shot revolvers
The Board of Police Commissioners today gave Los Angeles police officers the option to arm themselves with lighter weight, easier-to-shoot Glock pistols.
"Quite frankly, it''s just a much better weapon" than the standard-issue Beretta 9 mm[...]About 70 percent of law enforcement agencies nationwide use Glocks, including the FBI and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
the 21-Foot Rule, when accurately stated, says that in the time it takes the average officer to recognize a threat, draw his sidearm and fire 2 rounds at center mass, an average subject charging at the officer with an edged weapon can cover a distance of 21 feet. Thus, when dealing with an edged-weapon wielder at anything less than 21 feet you need to have your gun out and ready to shoot before he starts rushing you or else you risk being set upon and injured or killed before you can draw your sidearm and effectively defeat the attack.
Dr. Fabrice Czarnecki at Franklin Square Hospital Center in Baltimore, MD, added that the lethality of edged weapon wounds should never be underestimated. "In addition to the carotid artery, other dangerous targets are femoral arteries, brachial arteries (upper arms), and subclavian arteries in the chest. Chest and abdomen stab wounds can be deadly, but require deeper penetration compared to the limbs. A stab wound to the chest can injure the heart, aortic artery and several other large blood vessels (all deadly injuries)," Dr. Czamecki stated.
"A stab wound to the abdomen can kill by injuring a major artery or an organ (like the spleen) that will bleed. Multiple stabs to the abdomen is a tecihnique favored by some gangs, and it carries a high mortality risk. Besides blood loss, knife wounds can cause multiple kinds of other injuries. A neck injury could damage the airway, and kill by asphyxiation. A chest wound or wound to the rib cage could collapse a lung, which would set about a cascading effect leading to death," Dr. Czamecki said.
Originally posted by Russian soldier
She wasn't a lunatic. It wasn't her fault she was drugged. She just got raped goddamnit!.
Hell, where is the proof where she even launged at the cops?!??!?!
Huh, even if she did, would she have even been able to scratch a group of combat ready cops?
The officers opened fire on Diallo and during the burst Officer McMellon fell down the steps, appearing to be shot. The four officers fired forty-one shots, hitting Diallo nineteen times. Investigation found no weapons on Diallo's body; the item he had pulled out of his jacket was not a gun, but a wallet. McMellon had not been shot, but had merely tripped while backing down the stairs.