posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 05:02 PM
I saw this on the local news and I think the officer was wrong for several reasons.
1) There are what, 5,400 police officers according to Wikipedia, in HPD that are paid to respond.
2) He was paid to protect Rice students, facility, staff and property, not to mount up and ride over there. Dudley Do-Right/Mighty Mouse thinking
works in cartoons but I know you don't go charging in to save the day without proper intel and situational awareness. I don't remember any of the
reports saying anything other than officers down and where. How many suspects were they facing? What kind of weapons were they facing (think The North
Hollywood shootout)? Was it life critical that the officers have immediate help (no time to organize a response)? Could the situation be decompressed
(let the suspects escape for now)?
3) You don't become a police officer unless you want to make a difference and you know going in that you are paid to assume the risk you may not go
4) He might be a police officer, at least on paper, like a lot of others. Yes, I categorize jumped up security guards differently because he doesn't
have the same risk every day that the HPD officers and Sheriff deputies have to face (every stop, warrant served or contact with the public may be
their last). The odds are with the officers because most of the public are not bug _ _ _ _ crazy or rabid anti-authority/anti-establishment. There are
still plenty of people out there that respect the officers/deputies and appreciate the job they do.
There is a small chance that he may face an armed person on campus that intends harm during his service career which is why we have officers on campus
instead of security guards. Although, I really believe it's to alay public fears post Columbine. I haven't researched it completely but it seems, at
least on the news, that they let the local police/deputies/swat do the heavy lifting on campus. I recognize that this is a man power issue for small
campus departments because of proper tactics that need to be used. I don't know the man, his level of training or back ground but I can assume, if
you don't do or practice close quarter battle, hostage rescue, room combat and other tactics regularly your tactical thinking dulls and you are more
likely to become a casualty.
I think he was reacting emotionally. It reminds me of scene in The Day The Earth Stood Still (the original, not the crappy remake) where Tom tells
Helen, "You'll feel different when you read about me in the papers".