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Originally posted by eNumbra
If a police officer asks you to drop your weapon; you either drop your weapon or you have it taken from you. This is how a dangerous situation is resolved.
There was a thread on this earlier and the story apparently went that the old lady was brandishing the knife at people. So either the woman is put down physically or she gets tazed. Either way no one would be happy with the outcome, so maybe those people who still ASSUME the police are first and foremost bullies should get the facts and learn to properly assess a situation.
[edit on 8/13/2009 by eNumbra]
Originally posted by thedigirati
OK I have read thru most of this thread, and I agree on the surface it looks like overkill.
What choices do Officers have
A. Mace (pepper spray)
[contraindication for asthma]
[frail bones as already pointed out]
C. Tazer (Yeah! right)
[regardless, one point for being at least smart enough to NOT use it]
D. Physical take down
as was also stated, this is a NO WIN Situation
Myself, (I'm no cop) would have been a short burst of pepper spray upwind of her.
I work with these type of people daily, they are sometimes cantankerous and get more so during an "episode"; The police are not trained in compassion, nor should they be. Like another poster said if you don't want a brutal response, don't call the police
Originally posted by Lemon.Fresh
reply to post by msnevil
The Golden rule, friend.
The officer needs to respect people as people.
I know. I have been there. Read my previous posts in this thread.
Originally posted by fleabit
For what it's worth, instead of instantly resorting to the "OMG filthy PIG!' crap, perhaps you can consider that a rookie cop reacting to adrenaline and someone with a knife, regardless of age, did what her training told her to, and took the suspect to the ground. Overkill? Absolutely. Warranted? Maybe. Someone who is unstable is perhaps a greater danger than anyone without an illness.
The real person to blame is whoever was abysmally stupid enough to leave a women with that disease in a car with a knife. What were they thinking?
I get a bit weary of the instant hate towards law enforcement. What if that lady had turned and stabbed someone at random before she was brought down? Oh... then it's just a tragic accident. But she is taken to the ground before this happens, and suddenly we are living in a police-state of martial law.
/shrug... I think people overreact. She went too far, applied too much force, but if you think you can do it better under pressure, become a law enforcement officer and stop complaining.
Also, this was a very crowded parking lot. There were people everywhere. That perhaps, helped with the officer's decision to defuse the situation quickly.
[edit on 13-8-2009 by fleabit]