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A high school student has shot himself in the back of the head while inside a police car - after officers took him into custody to prevent him hurting himself.
The unidentified teenager from North Shore High School in Houston, Texas survived the shooting and was conscious when he arrived at hospital.
Officers said he became depressed after breaking up with a girlfriend in September, and on Wednesday morning, he texted a fellow student, indicating he intended to hurt himself...
Originally posted by spartaocean
Obviously the officer taking him into custody didn't search him that well. I sure would hate to be partnered with him.
Originally posted by Miraj
reply to post by hawkiye
If the handcuffs werent done in the normal fashion, he could have slipped them under his legs and then aimed the gun at himself from the front.
It would explain why he's alive, he probably couldnt get a proper angle and ended up grazing his skull.
Originally posted by TheOtter
ch. Wow, I didn't think I'd ever write so much on an ATS thread and never quote an external source.
What I was saying. Is that WHOEVER FAILED TO SEARCH THS KID SHOULD BE FIRED. You do not miss a gun on a search. You have either FAILED COMPLETELY TO DO YOU JOB AND SEARCH HIM or you have been so grossly negligent that your behavior endangered the prisoner, the other officers nearby and the public in general. BYE.
Based on the number offline vehicles on scene, either the world came running when the shots went ut on the air, or this kid was cornered in a bathroom during a lock down stand off situation that would have indicated from the get go that hey this guy might just be armed.
Cops get dissed all the time for using excessive force. They should. It is wrong. Cops also need to get held to the standard when they do the opposite. The opposite might be, maybe, not shooting someone with a gun to a baby's head (not enough force ). Ok so in this situation, where it wasn't a use of force issue at all, it was laziness and complacency or malice (not ruling it out, I just doubt it, it is so out there in the realm of possibilities.) I am leaning towards laziness and, more likely, complacency. Whoever was in charge of taking the boy into custody has probably taken one too many mentally ill people to the hospital, none of them ever had a gun on them, why would a teenager at school? He probably didn't check him at all. If he searched the boy, it was a damn piss poor search. This guy, we're he still an academy student, would have been canned back then if he failed to demonstrate this simple, required knowledge skill after remediation of course.
Maybe it was failure to train or failure to supervise. Personally, I believe in personal responsibility. A cop messed up big time. I don't see any indicators that it was malicious. I have personally experienced this laziness from fellow officers and had to ream them out when my sergeant wouldn't (what do you know, departmental culture trickles
I think that is all. I don't know. I didn't proofread this rant before I posted it because I ran of of space the first time, so it is what it is.