posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 02:07 PM
When it comes to training, every law enforcement agency follows the use of force continuum.
1. Physical presence.
2. Voice commands.
3. Soft hands. Escorts, preasure point control technique, arm bar, wrist locks.
4. Hard hands. Strikes to arms, legs, torso. No head strikes.
5. Less than lethal force. Batton strikes not resulting in broken bones, OC/CS/Mace/Pepper sprays, Taser.
6. Lethal force. Firearms, batton strikes resulting in broken bones and head shots, use of edge weapons.
Officers are trained to use force up to one step higher than the subject. In this case, we can see that presence and possiblly voice levels did not
work. They used less than lethal (according to the story) first even when presented with edged weapons by the subject.
Taser does not always work if both probes do not attach. Tasers use a shaped charge T-wave interupt pattern. Meaning, the electrical charged mimics
the brain wave to contract the voluntary muscles group. If both probes do not attach, the T-wave interupt will not occur, however, the pain factor
will still exist. Many people can will themselves through this. A correct tasing fells like this. Imagine you body bening squeezed (contracted) and
being hit by a thousand rubberbands at the same time. That's close to the sensation.
After the taser has failed, they could have reloaded the cartridge if not faced with lethal force themselves. It takes about 2-3 seconds. The kill
radius for edged weapons is 21 feet with the attack being as fast at 1.5-2 seconds. Tests have shown, at 21 feet, a knife attack could be upon an
officer before his weapon is pulled.
So, if the woman did not respond to commands to put down the sharps, did not comply after the Taser, and proceeded towards the officers with weapons
in hand, there was not much of a choice as to use lethal force. With the information we have from the story, it did not appear to be abuse of force,
it is a very very unfortunate situation. My prayers go out to the family of the woman who was killed, and the officer's as well.