Originally posted by eNumbra
Neither do I quite frankly; honestly I think I may never fit in here if I don't join the All Cops Are Nazi Pig Scum Club.
While I realize your response was to a fellow member's post and not my own, I also Do Not subscribe to the "All cops are bad" mindset either. I
live in south-central PA and have Yet to encounter a situation the likes of Much that which is posted and/or portrayed here on the boards.
The few times I have had any sort of encounter with local police and/or our state troopers have resulted in mere warnings (inspection, etc.), a
ticket, or perhaps a word of caution ... never anything more.
Though, in this particular situation it would seem readily apparent that the officer(s) in question did Not do what they are Trained to do... ASSESS
the situation, prior to taking what is deemed the necessary course of action.
The elderly woman was Not directly threatening anyone. The officer(s) Nor those around her ... in any way shape or form.
IMO, the video clearly shows all that need be shown. She was obviously disoriented, holding the knife in a downward NON-threatening position, made No
assertive actions towards the officer(s) in question, NOR did she raise a hand towards them or others in ANY manner that could be construed as such -
To have "taken her down" in the manner they did would seem Most certainly disproportionate at the Very least ... and if she has since succumbed to
those injuries suffered as a result thereof, then it's my opinion that the officer(s) actions should definitely be reviewed for possible legal
recourse, if not outright arrest and subsequent prosecution.
To be honest, and No I'm not an advocate for such, but they could have just as easily pulled their taser and neutralized ANY threat they apparently
felt she posed ... not that she Truly posed Any threat, just saying.
Over the top response, in this particular case, situation.