posted on Sep, 25 2008 @ 03:22 PM
reply to post by thisguyrighthere
As you say, he may have gone back inside if the police had kept their distance and/or handled it differently.
People's right to kill themselves isn't the issue here.
Taxpayers do not pay or empower common policemen to 'assist' potential/suspected suicides. The police are paid to maintain law and order. They're
supposed to be taught how to most effectively do that. And they managed to deal adequately with emotionally disturbed members of the public for a few
hundred years --- before they were handed tasers.
What if police came up behind someone standing on a roof or bridge ... and simply pushed that person over the edge ?
What if police walked up to someone threatening suicide with a gun ... and simply blew his brains out ?
Or, what if police entered a room where someone was contemplating taking an overdose ... and thrust the tablets down their throat ?
All three examples above are comparable to tasering an emotionally disturbed individual who was standing on a ledge, thus causing him to fall and
The public wouldn't tolerate those three examples.
Yet it appears police authorities are prepared to soft-peddle it when tasers are involved.
Many people who're functioning perfectly adequately today (and possibly respected posters in ATS) at one time were so emotionally distraught and/or
depressed that they considered and may even have attempted, suicide. Suicide is a logical consideration in response to the stress of living. It
doesn't mean an individual is irretrievable or permanently flawed. Many well-paid professionals for example, have considered and/or attempted
suicide, then recovered their equilibrium and gone on to further success professionally and personally.
Suicide is not a contagious disease. And while some may feel 'impatience' or total lack of tolerance for the suicidally-inclined, this in no way
justifies police or other authorities undertaking to 'assist' someone who may appear to be suicidally inclined by pre-empting the situation and
killing the individual. Wasn't Doctor Death jailed for assisting terminally-ill people to end their lives ? Yet at the same time, thugs empowered
with police-uniform and tasers take it upon themselves to blast someone off a ledge !
Today the guy on the ledge. Tomorrow could be your turn