reply to post by GoldenRuled
Yeah, that's pretty much what happens when the police have an armed person at bay, and someone comes charging out towards them to the sound of
gunfire. Stuff like that makes them nervous.
If you trouble to see it from their viewpoint, it isn't such a surprise, nor does it look so bad.
An armed suspect is holding hostages behind a closed door that they've got surrounded. A man charges out of the room and a gunshot is heard. The man
is charging *towards* them. They have no way of knowing who this guy is - suspect, suspects accomplice (they can't know, at this point, that the
suspect is alone), whatever. All they know are two important points: 1) guy running towards them; 2) sound of a gunshot.
No doubt proper procedure at this point is to look carefully at both hands to make sure they are empty - which may not be possible, depending on your
angle of view. Maybe the rule is even to hold fire until you can definitely identify a gun in the guy's hand - I don't know. I'm sure it's not,
"gun him down and ask questions later."
But who among all of you critics would follow procedure perfectly? I'm thinking that most of us, if put in that situation, would react much as these
guys did, and open fire. No one told this guy to run. No one expected him to run. No one had a clue who the hell he was. Just running and gunshot,
and a risk of him killing you or one of your colleagues if you waited too long to fire.
And to be honest, it's not even clear that they didn't follow proper procedure. We don't know whether the victim failed to obey their
instructions, which could well have played an important part in the decision to shoot.
None of us was there to see what happened. This article is so woefully biased that I question whether we're getting the whole story. Portraying the
police as mad dogs sells papers. A simple story about a tragic mistake doesn't. Not saying these cops *weren't* mad dogs. Just saying that we
have no way of knowing.
Here on ATS there seems to be a knee-jerk reaction that the cops are all a bunch of mad dogs who want to shoot people (especially minorities) and are
just waiting for a good excuse. That's simply not the case.
I live in Chicago, where the police are not known to be all huggy-feely. I've had my own run-ins with them. I also worked for years at a law firm
that specialized in police misconduct cases. I've seen these guys at their worst. But they're a tiny minority of the force. Most of the police
are decent folks who do their best in a dangerous, thankless job.
If I used an example of a minority member committing a crime as "proof" that those people are all criminals, you'd (rightfully) jump all over me.
If I do the same thing with the police, many would agree enthusiastically.
Me: "A Minority killed someone; they're all animals."
Reaction: "Boo! Get out of here, hater."
Me. "A Cop killed someone; they're all animals."
Reaction: "Yay! You're our hero. S&F for you, pal."
Cops are just another minority.