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"Police regret this incident and would like to extend their condolences to the family of the man," Icelandic police chief Haraldur Johannessen told reporters.
The incident was "without precedent" in Iceland, he said. (Source)
Details of the event have yet to emerge, but this much is clear: Iceland is a weird place. The population of the island is 325,000, while the number of registered firearms is 90,000, which when you consider that Iceland also has children, suggests that more than a third of the population is armed. So why don't Iceland's police have to shoot people?
St. Louis happens to have about the same population as Iceland. Last year, the city's police chief ordered a study of incidents in which officers shot at suspects. As reported by the St. Louis Post Dispatch, that happened 98 times in the 2008-2011 period, and 12 of the people shot at died. (Source)
Details of the event have yet to emerge, but this much is clear: Iceland is a weird place.
Quote Originally Posted by Jacob2899 View Post
Anybody know if a police officer in Iceland has ever been shot and killed in the line of duty?
I was curious about that as well. I emailed their website and they say no Icelandic police have been shot and killed on duty. (Source)
Of course, one of the reasons that most officers in the US are armed is that they are attacked often enough to merit it,
Maybe ice lands police do not choose to equate their jobs with war?
You know choosing to operate like an army, an waging endless war on drugs.
When the group that's supposed to protect you treats you like enemy combatants on the battle field casualties and collateral damage will always occur.
The US armies rules of engagement is stricter than the average US beat cop.
Eta: just a fun fact more Americans killed since 9-11 than by any terrorist. 5000 citizens have been executed with out trial since 911 by US police officers.edit on 3-12-2013 by benrl because: (no reason given)
It appears that the big difference is that a typical Icelandic police officer is not armed -- only special forces are. Of course, one of the reasons that most officers in the US are armed is that they are attacked often enough to merit it, but it seems strange that a largely urban population, a third of whom are armed, have never spawned a deadly response from police until yesterday.
1. Logging workers
2. Fishers and related fishing workers
3. Aircraft pilot and flight engineers
5. Structural iron and steel workers
6. Refuse and recyclable material collectors
7. Electrical power-line installers and repairers
8. Drivers/sales workers and truck drivers
9. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
10. Construction laborers
I'm thinking personally, the reason is more basic than whether the cops are armed or whether police attitudes are different.
Iceland is looking like an AMAZING place to live, just saying..
But then again they probably wouldn't want us american riff raff