posted on Feb, 2 2012 @ 10:39 PM
reply to post by CaptainNemo
Do you think the shooting was justifiable.?
Absolutely. The 15 year old had a knife and cut one of the officers. Using a knife against someone is considered deadly force. The police, citing
common sense, are trained to confront deadly force with deadly force.
The police department had knowledge of the boys handicap, and previously have dealt with the same situation, using tasers to subdue
Just because the police had previously dealt with the individual or previously responded to the residence does not mean that ALL officers are familiar
with the individual. Everytime the police are dispatched to a location, only a short previous history is given and a more in depth history requires
the dispatcher to search for it which is not practical for EVERY call for service.
How long had the officers worked in that area? An officer new to the area would have no idea of the previous history.
The article also says the lead officer did not have a taser on him, Why.?
Every officer is not equipped with a tazer. Larger departments cannot afford to train and equip every officer with one. Also, if the police did
tazer him, you still would have raised the question of "why did the police tazer a 15 year old autistic child?" This is a clear case of damned if
you do damned if you dont.
A loaded weapon on a kid with autism .?
A kid with autism can kill you just as dead with a knife or gun just as fast as a grown adult with no mental handicap.
I just don't understand that with all the training and ways to subdue a person NON-lethaly, you still fire two rounds into a kid who allegedly
had a butter knife.?
First, no police department trains it's officers to subdue a person non-lethally when they are confronting you with a knife, gun or other deadly
weapon. Police officers are trained to confront deadly force with deadly force. The police are trained to shoot to stop the threat.
Was it unfortunate that the child's parents did not take adequate steps to place the child in an environment more condusive to his mental capacity?
Was it unfortunate that the child's parents routinely relied on police involvement to get their child under control? Yes.
Was it unfortunate that these police officers were forced into shooting a 15 year old autistic child and now have to live with that for the rest of
their lives? Yes.
Was the shooting justified? Yes.