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Christopher asked: “Who is it?” but received no response from officer Gatny, who was on the other side of the door.
When he opened the door, officer Gatny already had her gun drawn and pointed at him, according to Roupe’s aunt.
The officer, who later claimed that the youth “had a handgun,” wasted no time, firing and killing Christopher as soon as the door opened.
Christopher’s aunt made it clear that there was no warning and no instruction to drop the Nintendo controller.
Both responding officers are on “paid administrative leave” as the investigation into their actions continues.
reply to post by ItCameFromOuterSpace
We definitely need to look into what sort of training cops are being given these days that they respond to an open door and wii controller with lethal force.
reply to post by Biigs
America needs to seriously reconsider it's gun laws, I am seeing way too many trigger happy folks killing innocent people.
Preface: This post sort of took a life of its own. I understand there are law-abiding, and genuine officers. There are officers who fear for their safety. There are officers who serve and protect. I understand officers are human and imperfect, and every action they take is magnified by the public forum. Obviously this post does not reflect the men and women who sacrifice their time, safety, and sometimes sanity to assist the public in a magnanimous and generous way.
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Wow. I didn't want to believe this at all and thought perhaps there was some sort of misunderstanding but it appears it is exactly what it is. I understand police need to protect themselves, I can even understand how maybe one may momentarily mistake a Wii controller for a firearm. The response, however, is completely batty. There is absolutely no rationale for this.
What a shameful state we're in now!
Kids get suspended from school for pointing in a 'gun-like fashion' then gunned down at home for holding a Wii? Yes, this guy was 17 (or 13 depending on which version of the story you read) but I want to know, are they now training/teaching police that children are a huge threat? There's a child in Santa Rosa who was shot for carrying a water gun in the recent past. How many police officers are actually killed by children? This is a genuine question. Because I can't imagine it's that high.
Why I say this is that the statistics I read from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said there are currently over 900,000 officers employed at this moment and gives a statistic of 1,539 killed in the line of duty in the last decade. That's 154 or so a year. Not knowing the number of officers there has been in total over the last 10 years, we will use the 900,000, and 154 numbers for 2013. That means... 0.017% of the police force was killed in the line of duty. Yet this doesn't even accurately represent murders. According to the FBI, more police were killed in traffic accidents than by firearms, stabbings, or other means. The actual number is 54 that were murdered in the line of duty last year by their statistics. It puts our fatality rate somewhere near: 0.0071%. Putting that in perspective your chance of being struck by lightning? 0.016%. (1/6250 chance). Am I making a calculating error somewhere?
Honestly, how fearful should these officers be of children? Because now I'm fearful of them shooting my kids for playing a video game and answering the door, or playing with nerf guns, or making a 'gun-like' gesture with their fingers. I don't know what I would do if one of my children, playing a video game, answered the door to get shot.edit on 2 23 14 by KaDeCo because: Grammarly
and full conerner's report ??
or .. it didn't happen .. think about it, why would someone produce this BS ?? why??