reply to post by AllUrChips
Im sorry but this is a case of "damned if you do, damned if you dont."
No matter what the situation, you, along with many others, will find fault in WHATEVER the police do.
First, in the video it looked like there was only one or two police officers initially. Taking this into account, any sort of action, short of
shooting and killing the suspect, is at great risk to the officer's safety.
Second, the officer could not simply shoot the guy with the knife. The suspect was laying ontop of the victim. If the officer, seen with his gun
drawn, would have opened fire, the angle would have put the victim in great danger of being struck as well. The only way for the officer to get a
proper angle would have been to kneel next to the suspect, put the gun up to his head and pull the trigger. This line of action is too dangerous and
a little over the top due to the next fact.
Third, it does not appear that the suspect is actively stabbing the victim. Yes, the victim is cut and bleeding but in the video, there is no
stabbing action that can be clearly seen which would warrant such a risky move like kneeling next to the suspect and shooting him in the head point
So what did the police do? One officer, who demonstrated great bravery, got behind the guy and pulled him off. Once there were enough officers
there, the man was arrested.
STOP being rediculous.
And the Columbine thing was a totally different situation. You have two well armed individuals inside of a large high school. Common sense would
dictate you establish a perimeter so they do not escape and wait for the SWAT team who is trained and specializes in handling a situation such as
this. Rushing into the building creates a situation that not only endangers the lives of the officers but also endagers the lives of the many kids
running through the hallways.
This incident has caused all police departments to re-think their training and tactics. Now all officers go through active shooter training so that
they can react to a situation like this.
edit on 19-10-2011 by areyouserious2010 because: edit to add