posted on Oct, 5 2012 @ 11:18 AM
I'm torn on this issue. One part of me says the 18 yr old autistic could have been perceived by the officer as a genuine threat. That is something
only the officer can answer. He was definitely thought to be a threat by those who called 911, be it physical towards others or harmful to
On the other hand, why in God's name is an individual who is so scared for his own safety, allowed to have a gun and use it indiscriminately because
he is scared? Maybe he should find another line of work if his answer to anyone with a weapon is shoot 6 times, then check if the perpetrator will
follow your directions.
Many police officers earn the title "our city's finest" by doing the job in a professional manner, using good communication skills, and having
enough common sense to treat people as they would like their family to be treated. Unfortunately, this is not the case with the new mentality police
departments are looking for in recruits.
In an ideal world, police officers would attend the academy, and upon graduation, be placed in positions where they have to deal with the public
without a handgun. This should last 6 months, and upon evaluation of the skills they have mastered, be promoted to patrol positions, or terminated if
they do not meet the standards. NO second chances.
I know, it was nice to imagine for a few moments. If these people are so afraid of US, they need to find another profession. Police work is hard,
fulfilling, and very dangerous if one is not aware at all times of the dangers they may face. Police work is not for scared little boys who abuse
their authority and shoot first, and try to justify their actions after the fact.