Aha, the benefit of hindsight from the comfort of your armchair and the buffer from reality that your keyboard presents you with!
There are sayings that relate to trying to push water up hill or leading a horse to water but being unable to make it drink.
ATS is plagued with people that simply cannot see reality even when it is clearly spelt out for them and presented in a format that can be understood
by anyone with an open mind. What is obvious to many members is that there is a hard core of anti-establishment who denounce LE all the time.
Most posters following this thread that have an understanding of LE work have been patient in trying to explain what it is like to be frontline
policing, day in day out and dealing at times with the worst scum that society is able to produce. This will never serve to placate the zealots with
an agenda, so be it, you are entitled to your opinions, if and when your crazy society does meltdown and anarchy or worse runs through your streets
and homes don't go shouting for the boys and girls in blue to protect you!
Back to OP, it is tragic, it is possible that it could have been handled differently, but unless cops become multi talented and get trained to form
mental health crisis teams at the drop of a carving knife, reality is as reality is. Warnings shouted, yes, talking is no good you have to take
command by voice if possible, which rarely works but it's a start, fail to put the lethal weapons down and advance towards the cop with a knife raised
and in that potentially lethal zone, one way ticket as all the other alternatives have gone out the window by now, unless of course the cop can pull a
care bear from his tac. vest and beam nice calming thoughts and feelings to the guy...
Two sides, forever apart with one of them missing the obvious. Knives kill more people than guns, even in the home of the NRA. A person hyped up for
any reason, armed with knives, can kill even an armed cop if they are in that kill zone. This cop tried to back away as proven by the vid. the guy
kept coming, cops as a rule don't run away from danger, they face up to it, and the rest is history.
edit on 19-1-2014 by Shuftystick because: Clarity