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Originally posted by SpaDe_
reply to post by SquirrelNutz
So, we should forgo trials in the US completely then? Sorry, but I diagree with you here. They have not even made it 100% possitive that this suspect was in fact the shooter, and now he is dead.
Originally posted by selfisolated
reply to post by Ridhya
The guy was a suspect. OK, individual police officers can be 'certain' in their own mind.. but that doesn't warrant shooting a man dead. He deserved a fair trial before an impartial jury, just like anyone who has been accused of a crime, be it being a cop killer or whatever.
And besides - what happened to tazers? This, in my opinion, is the ideal situation for a tazer to be used.
Or do they only taze people who might have committed a crime? Real suspects still get pumped full of lead?
Although I'm sure living your life in a culture where guns are the norm, this probably doesn't seem as shocking to those over in the US.
There would be a national outcry if that happened over here (UK). Just like that bystander who was killed at the G20 protest - but again, that went quiet, didn't it.
Originally posted by Ridhya
But he has already well proven himself to be a cop killer. Their mindset is 'here we have an extremely dangerous man and we do not want to risk more casualties'.
Originally posted by Bugman82
reply to post by HappilyEverAfter
If an officer feels threatened he is allowed to use lethal force. If the officer waits to see a weapon it's already going to be too late for him.
This is a criminal who:
1.Went on a rampage targeting police officers
2. Has a history of violence
3. Was considered armed and dangerous
4. Was given orders by the officer to halt and refused thus earning himself the death penalty
There are two separate stories here floating around. One is about the police thinking they had the suspect holed up in a building. They called in SWAT. No one was present.
The second story is what really happened to him. He had stolen a car. An officer was inspecting the vehicle. The suspect approached and was killed.