posted on Jan, 31 2018 @ 11:07 PM
I don't hold much sympathy for this guy (beyond a sadness at any premature or unnecessary death, and empathy for those close to him... even if
scumbags themselves... their pain is real) as he clearly put himself into questionable situations where one of the risks was being shot by an
overzealous cop, as unfortunately happened.
Having said that though, I do think the US has an endemic problem with authority shooting people on nothing more than a perceived threat, which is
wrong and harps back to wild west mentalities.
Haven't we matured as a society at all? Isn't it better to value all life and institute rehabilitation over penalisation (or instant death in this
I think it's scary that many people think that it's OK to kill someone, regardless of how much of a scum bag they are, without due process.
Cops shouldn't be enforcers, they should be agents of positive change in communities (in the US they are definitely not). People, even scumbags,
should feel like they can approach or engage with police without the fear of being shot. A cop that is that edgy and trigger happy shouldn't be a
Cops should be cool headed and trained in mediation, able to diffuse a volatile situation not escalate it, with force being a last resort and deadly
force only to be resorted to in response to deadly force, not preemptively.
edit on 31-1-2018 by puzzlesphere because: (no reason