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originally posted by: Grovit
a reply to: VirusGuard
maybe this...maybe that
your arguments and theories are lame....definitely
"There's a guy in there with a pistol, you know, it's probably fake, but he's like pointing it at everybody," the caller said, according to audio provided by CNN affiliate WEWS.
originally posted by: VirusGuard
Tell me just why would a 12 year old kid pull what he knows to be a plastic gun on a cop he knows to be packing the real deal.
Suicide and he wanted to die or the cops are lying and he never went for his gun.
The cop screwed up and need to pay without finding excuses for him or covering up
originally posted by: VirusGuard
That's what boys do with toy guns in a park, they point them at people
originally posted by: lonesomerimbaud
You guys need to ask yourselves is this acceptable for a society to continue the way things are. You know these incidents will not stop happening unless there is a change.
Is it the police who should change tactics? From the police point of view the only way of minimising risk to officers is to respond the way they do presently. However, it has proved not to be without constant misunderstandings, mistakes and even possible abuse. The balance is tipped in the officer's favour to guarantee him/her a certain level of protection.
In 2011, according to data I collected, police officers in the United States shot 1,146 people, killing 607. Between January 1, 2011 and January 1, 2012 I used the Internet to compile a national database of police involved shootings. The term "police involved shooting" pertains to law enforcement officers who, in the line of duty, discharge their guns. When journalists and police administrators use the term, they include the shooting of animals and shots that miss their targets. My case files only include instances in which a person is either killed or wounded by police gunfire. My data also includes off-duty officers who discharged their weapons in law enforcement situations. They don't include, for example, officers using their firearms to resolve personal disputes.
The government does maintain records on how many police officers are killed every year in the line of duty. In 2010, 59 officers were shot to death among 122 killed while on the job. This marked a 20 percent jump from 2009 when 49 officers were killed by gunfire. In 2011, 173 officers died, from all causes, in the line of duty. The fact police officers feel they are increasingly under attack from the public may help explain why they are shooting so many citizens.
It is perhaps not surprising that more than 95 percent of all police involved shootings were ruled administratively and legally justiified.
originally posted by: SlapMonkey
a reply to: TruthxIsxInxThexMist
No, the cop couldn't, as that's not how they're trained. You aim center mass and fire until the threat is neutralized.
If you think, in a high-stress situation with a handgun at [insert number here] yards away, that a non-professional target shooter can do something like "aimed for the kids leg and just injured him," you don't understand defensive shooting at all. The age of a potential shooter is irrelevant--the deadliness of the weapon held by the 12-year-old is.
originally posted by: TruthxIsxInxThexMist
the person on the phone even said that the gun could be a fake toy one,.
originally posted by: onequestion
Is it so bad in our country now that police officers are afraid of 12 year olds?
What's with the endless race baiting? You're injecting race into this based purely on your own beliefs and nothing more. If it were a black/hispanic/Asian officer, what would your answer be then? Or what about a black female officer? Or a black female gay officer? Then what's the go-to "reason" for you?
A man who was firing a shotgun in his home has been killed in Iceland in what is believed to be the first time that a person has been shot dead by armed police in the country's history.
"The police are deeply saddened by this tragic event and would like to extend their condolences to the family of the individual in question," he added.
Iceland, a country where gun ownership is widespread, has one of the lowest violent crime rates in the world.