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Damn, didn't work.
reply to post by Darkphoenix77
I agree with you. The father called the police because of the cigarettes,
Dang it! It wasn't about the cigarettes, it was about the truck being taken! This wouldn't have happened if the kid walked to the store and hadn't taken the truck without permission.
I don't know if I think deadly shootings by police are happening more frequently. They might be. I would need to see some stats on it. I think people are getting more vocal about it, and with the information sharing available today I hear about things I wouldn't in other states 20 years ago. 20 years ago people read the paper and the info available was really limited. It was either national news or local, there wasn't local national... I'm not clever enough to think up a better term.
... he ran from police after the father reported that his son had stolen (taking without permission is stealing) his truck. It doesn't matter why the father didn't want the truck taken.
While I am firmly not on the fence regarding the Militarization of the Police (to skirt Posse Comitatus) I am not on the fence about someone who chooses to ram a police car.
Running from the cops is one thing. Using your vehicle as a weapon it quite another. Use a weapon against me and I will use whatever weapon is available to defend myself. Even if the officer that shot was clear of the threat he still shoulda have shot the kid as he made his willingness to use a weapon against others and not in self defense quite clear.
What happens if some poor citizen gets in his way if the cops did not stop him? What if he then goes on to hit a child or a member of someones family? There was and should have been no reasonable expectation of not getting shot
"Ames Police Officer Adam McPherson pursued Comstock into the heart of ISU’s campus. During the chase, Comstock rammed McPherson’s car. The truck eventually stopped, but Comstock revved the engine and refused orders to turn it off."
After he rammed the officer and then revved the engine is when this idiot sealed his fate.
This kid threw away his life because he was told no.
reply to post by hopenotfeariswhatweneed
I am not the idiot that decided to use my truck as a weapon.
There is no need for name calling.
here is a link to the press conference that includes dash cam footage from both of the sqaud cars.
i live around here and my brother in law works for the ames PD (he was not involved in this incident) my brother also works for the state patrol, so i am probably a little biased as i am concerned with their safety first, but after watching the dash cam footage i would say this was justified. the kid almost takes out someone else when he blows through a stop light, rams a squad car twice, gets rammed himself and still refuses to exit the vehicle and acts like he is going to take off again. yep justified in my eyes, it doesn't matter what started it, when the police turned their sirens on to pull him over if he would have just pulled over nothing would have happened.
reply to post by thesaneone
Ever do something stupid in your life? When is it ok to kill somebody for being a dumb kid?
Seems to me, if you want somebody dead in your country, just call the 5.0.
"Sealed his fate"...Jesus Christ!!
edit on 7-11-2013 by seabhac-rua because: (no reason given)