posted on Mar, 26 2009 @ 08:32 AM
reply to post by dainoyfb
The most rounds will stop or slow to a “safe” speed when striking a body, unless you are shooting full metal jackets, which the police to not use.
Most often a bullet entering a body will strike a bone. Really it depends on the lead/metal used in the bullet, softer stops quicker than harder.
Shooting at anything but your target is asking for possible injury to others. Bullets have a tendency to ricochet off hard surfaces such as the ground
or hardened versions of it (in cities and towns the ground is mostly covered with cement and pavement). At least when firing at a suspect there is
less chance of an innocent being injured. I am not saying it cannot and does not happen simply that there is less of a chance.
Officers here also get 6 months of training, which is before they hit the streets. After that they get hands on training daily. Unlike a plumber
though one mistake can cost them their lives. Sorry but I like the idea of officers carrying guns in populated areas, sort of helps when the criminals
have guns. More crime happens in higher populated areas, meaning that there is more of a need for a gun in populated areas.
I just don’t want cops shooting some place they don’t know where their round will stop. At least shooting their target has a greater chance of
stopping the round. Again most police rounds are smaller with a softer lead that will cause it to stop when entering a body. A 9mm round is different
than an AK-47 round.
The problem is when people believe rumors before they are proven. Right now we have no proof there is a video. If there is then these officers deserve
the proper punishment. If the offender was threatening the officers well I guess we should look at their department’s protocol on the situation.
Again I do not see enough information to make a proper judgment. Making rash judgments and filling in the blanks with guesses does nothing but add to
the rumors already started by members on here. I was simply giving reasons to your questions in the other post. But again shooting at the ground can
be dangerous too. It is better to have a target than to just randomly shoot.