reply to post by schism85
I didn't read through the whole thread yet, but I would like to sound off here to link it in my subscriptions. For the record, and as some of you may
already know, I was recently the victim of police brutality. You can read about it in my thread How
Jackinthbox Got Jacked Up by the Police
. But that fact is counterbalanced by the fact that I have worked, in a professional capacity, very
closely with the police and often in uniform as well. Furthermore, there are many officers in my family.
Having said all of that, let me get specific on this story.
Where was the officers mace?
Pepper spray would have been tactically dangerous in that situation. Deadly force was being used against him, and therefore warranted a return use of
such force. Pepper spray could easily have further incapacitated the officer who was using it in that situation. Even in the best situations, the
officer applying the pepper-spray will also suffer some ill-effects. All it takes is a breeze in the wrong direction really.
Where was his back up?
This is a very good question, but the reality is that the situation may have erupted within seconds. The officer might not have realized how dangerous
the situation actually was going into it. Even if he had called for backup, they may still have been enroute while he was being attacked.
I wonder where campus security was.
You might also think that the people standing around might have jumped in to help the cop, but it's probably a good thing that no one else got
involved, as thay may have gotten killed by accident.
Why didn't the officer shoot to disarm or incapacitate this student, instead of taking his life?
This is a myth perpetuated by the movies. You don't draw a firearm to wound someone. You shoot to kill, or you choose a different method. Shoot to
wound, you wind up being the dead one. Never pull a gun unless you have decided to kill someone. If they don't happen to die, good for them, but a
firearm is not a weapon for incapacitation.
I don't think enough cops are properly trained for this type of situation, and non-lethal bullets should be more widley used.
Rubber bullets are for crowd control.
What if the officer finds themself suddenly in a situation where they are being shot at. Should they first take the time to unload rubber bullets from
their weapon, before returning some lead?
Non-lethal bullets negate the purpose of an officer's weapon. There are other non-lethal weapons that is at an officer's disposal, should the
situation warrant the use of less-than-deadly force.
I mean he could'nt even pull out his own gun without the clip falling out.
This actually goes to show how critical the situation had become. Control of the officer's weapon was questionable. What of the suspect had gotten
hold of the gun? Clearly the officer was injured and dazed. His life was directly in danger. The lives of innocent civilians would have been in
jeopardy had the perp seized the officers firearm.
That reeks of incompetence.
I very much disagree. I wonder how well anyone can perform a task when they are being beaten in the head with a wooden bat.
Maybe this student was having a bad day, maybe he did make some poor decisions, but he did not have to pay the high price that he did...
A sad situation indeed, but clearly not the fault of the officer in this case.