reply to post by Klassified
I get tired of the endless threads from people on here complaining about police.
Do you know how much crap goes on a daily bases in any given city that most officers have to deal with?
And what about when an officer does something good? No mention of those stories? No, because no one wants to mention that there are many good
officers. Lets pick and choose stories and put a bad spin on them, then just bitch about it, while forgetting about the ones you never heard of that
may be responsible for saving your or someone else's life. God forbid we be grateful for the good officers that do good for our community.
Too me, it looks like the officers did the right thing. If you know anything about tasers, they lock up the muscles, which would have prevented
the girl from injuring herself further. How would you handle it? Run toward the girl and risk her fatally injuring herself? She was obviously in some
psychotic state if she had already injured herself.
edit on 24-10-2013 by kx12x because: (no reason given)
1- Get over yourself. You're making ridiculous assumptions, based on your own personal bias. That much is very clear.
2- Relating to point number 1, not everyone who recognizes and speaks out against the many, widespread police abuses in our society "has a chip on
their shoulder" or is a felon, as you so snarkily suggest. I'm certainly no fan of abuse by police, and while yes, I have been arrested before, I
have no real criminal record, no convictions for anything, etc. To assume that everyone who points out or speaks out against police abuses is a
criminal is highly ignorant and pure prejudice, aside from being completely false.
3- To assume that everyone who points out or speaks out against abuses by police are always
against police and will always side against them is
just as untrue, ignorant, and prejudiced as the last assumption. There have been a number of cases where I've sided with police. There was a vid I
saw recently of an amazing cop, who shot and killed a driver (younger, 20s,30s black man, I forget where). I thought that officer's actions were
impeccable, and he should serve as an example to others. However, the cases where the police do wrong
just tend to get a whole lot more
publicity, so we're more likely to end up hearing about them.
4- Regarding this case, specifically, I'm somewhat undecided. If the cops' story is 100% true, then maybe the action was proper. But cops do
sometimes falsify reports to keep themselves out of trouble. I don't think it's necessarily fair to assume they did, and I don't think it's
necessarily smart to assume they didn't. A cop investigating you wouldn't give you
the benefit of the doubt, most of the time, right?
Anyway, the point about potentially falling on the knife after being tazed may have been a good one as well. How likely that is, I don't think anyone
can say, though. And if it were likely, why didn't it happen? I'd say either it's not all that likely, or the knife wasn't exactly tip-to-chest.
But the question of why this officer felt using a tazer was the best way out of that situation remains unanswered. I'm also curious how big this girl
was. The difference in size between kids at around eight can be pretty extreme sometimes... If she were a big enough kid, and was truly upset, I could
see that as being maybe a bit intimidating. It can be hard to block or evade a weapon coming at you.
Unless we can get a lot more info on the particulars, we can really only speculate as to whether he made the right call....