posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 10:27 AM
People need to stop and think about this.
Was the young man at fault for not listening to the police?
Think about it for a moment. If you've ever been in a situation where your life was threatened, you'll know what I'm talking about. Your adrenaline
is maxed out. Your heart is beating like mad. Your breathing is very labored as your chest tightens up. Your mind is screaming "RUN!". Many don't
hear anything except the roaring of their own blood.
It's part of the "Fight or Flight" response.
Now think on this. How old was he? 19?
Just a kid. A very scared kid, who feared for his life. I'm not surprised he didn't listen to the police. He most likely didn't even understand
what they were yelling at him, as more than likely all he could think of was "RUN! RUN OR I"M DEAD!"
Was the reaction of the cops correct? Sadly, a lot of police training will say "yes" in this case.
That's the problem now. Police are not about "Protect and Serve" anymore. It's more about "Get Them, So They Don't Get You" or "Survive At All
I know this, as I have a brother who's a cop. And he'll tell you the same thing: He doesn't want to see people get hurt or killed, but he's going
to make DAMN sure he gets to go home for dinner.
The problem here is: everyone was too scared. The kid was too scared to listen and obey. The cops were too scared to stop and think
The cops are suppose to be trained. I highly doubt that kid was trained to listen and obey in a life threatening situation.
Was shooting the kid necessary?
Absolutely not. I don't care if it was night time or not. They heard a shot, and then someone running from the door. Agreed they don't know WHO was
running. That means there was not a Clear and present danger.
It was UNCLEAR and UNKNOWN. Did not any of them stop to think the person running may have been the victim?
This event is a clear indication that police are not being trained well, or evaluated well. The cops that shot the kid should be removed from service
right away, and the rest of the police trained to handle a situation like that better.
For those that would say: "Well those cops have family too. They didn't want to take the chance of being killed."
I understand that. However, they are in a high risk line of work. They need to understand that.
That kid had family too. He more than likely just wanted to get out alive and go home too.