posted on Jun, 16 2011 @ 10:43 AM
This is in no way defending what that cop did. To me, the situation wreaks of excessive force. That being said, I must also ask how many policemen
have been killed in the last month, the last year? How many officers have been slain in domestic situations such as this? Further, what is this
cop's record? Was he attacked or shot-at recently? Had an officer in their precinct/station been killed in a similar situation recently?
Being a firefighter is a dangerous job, and their families never know if the firefighter is going to return home because of that. Being a POLICEMAN
is ten times more dangerous because you are confronting people AT THEIR WORST. Not only that, those people *at their worst* many times try to kill
you in 1,001 different ways for 1,001 different reasons. I'm not justifying his actions. Because, there are bad cops out there, too. There are
cops, it seems, who are trigger-happy. Why not have a taser ready to go first? What was he told by the mother before entering the situation? Is
there more to the story than what is presented here?
I remember seeing a video of a cop pulling over a US Air Force senior airman (E4). He instructs the airman to exit the vehicle. The airman does. He
instructs the airman to put his hands on the car. The airman does. He tells the airman to get on all fours on the ground. The airman begins to, but
cannot complete this order because the cop shoots him three times in rapid succession. It's all on dashcam. THAT was the only thing that saved the
airman from being accused of anything at all threatening. So, all I can recommend is that you or your friend or SOMEONE video *everything* when
involvd with the police.
VISUAL DOCUMENTATION will keep bad (or questionable) cops somewhat honest or in-check, and it will provide context for any future disputes. It also
serves the cops in the same way. As many times as you hear about a cop-gone-wrong, I bet the statistics are that more cops are killed by the public
than people killed by cops; further, *USUALLY* cops kill only when justified. There are exceptions, like this case, but USUALLY they use deadly force