posted on Oct, 15 2013 @ 03:20 AM
The entire thing is a freaking tragedy.
It's certainly a tragedy for the young man who died, and his family, first and foremost.
It's a tragedy for the cop who will eventually have to deal with that psychologically. Cops and soldiers don't get out of this free of side-effects.
It just takes most of them a long time to show up.
From the backseat armchair (and isn't it easy to argue from there), I think I side with the people saying that the force was not "for lack of any
alternative" and was probably unreasonable.
But I have a couple of caveats to that.
First, I have to say that much like we do with soldiers, we put LEOs in situations where their lives are constantly in grave danger, they face horror
and violence and the worst in humans daily, and they end up the walking uber-paranoid insta-violent sorts because that is the survival skill that this
kind of role forces anybody into -- anybody who's going to survive. It is different with LEOs than soldiers but there is clearly an overlap. This is
what happens to humans in those situations. We should not be surprised. We should as a culture be looking at how to deal with this in a more
intelligent way than "tackle the LEO for being wrong." Sure there is room for discipline or even punishment in some cases but I think as a culture we
are ignoring some larger, more fundamental issues that these kind of situations just highlight. I think it is fair to err on the side of a person
defending their own life.
Second, I would just like to mention that if I were standing at the front of a bus with a knife in my hand, I could have it in the neck of a man
standing near the back in about 0.4 seconds. This is why cops shoot people with knives. Because some people know how to use them, and the very fact
that someone is a) standing there with a knife in the first place, and b) refusing to put it down despite police orders, heavily implies that person
may be very likely to use it.
edit on 15-10-2013 by RedCairo because: added sentence