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reply to post by opethPA
I agree that a taser would have been a better option but the moment the guy started closing in on the cop with a knife, his gun was what he had to use.
I'm sure that is how training has taught this man to react in these situations, but in my eyes there was no effort at talking or reasoning.
The cop was all about confrontation!
He entered with his gun drawn.
He forcefully stated his authoritative position.
He ordered Eric to come out in an uncompassionate manner.
When ignored he escalated the situation, by confronting the disturbed man with a drawn gun.
He yelled more orders and ultimatums at him.
Finally, as a result of the cop escalating the situation, it turned into a direct confrontation.
Feeling "threatened" he shot the obviously disturbed man dead.
In no way did the cop’s actions ever try to diffuse the situation before turning it into a direct confrontation.
Imagine how bad the woman who called the cops must now feel... she got that man killed by asking for help to "calm" the man. The cop didn’t help her or the dead man… He left her with a mess to deal with… both physically and emotionally.
How about a simple "Are you alright Eric?"... "I'm here to help Eric."... "I'm an officer of the Law and my job is to protect and serve the public... and I want to protect you from harming yourself."… What can I do to help Eric?”.
The "officer" should really learn to protect the public from himself.
ETA: The video is disgusting on many levels.edit on 17-1-2014 by puzzlesphere because: (no reason given)
Why were five bullets necessary to put this guy down? Why not a taser? I'm not accusing the cops of anything, I'm curious as to what protocol demands given this particular situation and why.
The perp here was stupid.
I'm sorry, but one shot to a shoulder of leg would have stopped this easily. Five shots to the core.....good job cop! You stopped that depressed, end of his rope person from hurting himself! Unbelievable. Can you say excessive force?
The lesson learned from this is If you are mentally ill expect the police to shoot you instead of actually trying to help you.