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Special Needs Student Shot By Police

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posted on Jun, 8 2007 @ 09:29 AM
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Special Needs Student Shot By Police


www.kyw1060.com

A 15-year-old boy is listed in critical but stable condition at Cooper Hospital after being shot by police outside a private Willingboro school for special needs students.

Burlington County prosecutor Robert Bernardi says the incident began when police arrived at the Garfield Park Academy on Glenolden Lane. Several 911 calls regarding an out of control male had been reported. Police found the teenage special needs student armed with a pair of scissors, in the lobby of the school.
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[edit on 8-6-2007 by UM_Gazz]



posted on Jun, 8 2007 @ 09:29 AM
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It's tough to imagine. I've never been, and hope I never will be in a situation like this. A very large student who has a mental handicap wields a weapon. Police officers armed with batons, pepper spray, tasers, and more than likely flak vests confront him. Was there reason to actually discharge a firearm twice critically wounding the teenager?

www.kyw1060.com
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on Jun, 8 2007 @ 09:34 AM
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Originally posted by lombozo
Was there reason to actually discharge a firearm twice critically wounding the teenager?



No!. batons and pepper spray would have sufficed but i feel this officer reacted out of fear and this regretible incident could have been avoided.

A Shame really



posted on Jun, 8 2007 @ 09:38 AM
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Originally posted by lombozo
Was there reason to actually discharge a firearm twice critically wounding the teenager?


What happened to tazers? Why the need to fire twice? I'm not blaming any of the police because that's a hard situation. Could they have used tranquilizer darts? Not sure if that's legal. This is a hard one.



posted on Jun, 8 2007 @ 10:11 AM
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I think they resorted too quickly to use lethal force. Perhaps this police force isn't equipped with tasers or other non-lethal devices?



posted on Jun, 8 2007 @ 10:16 AM
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Originally posted by laiguana
I think they resorted too quickly to use lethal force. Perhaps this police force isn't equipped with tasers or other non-lethal devices?


At the very least they have riot batons. If you have a riot baton even one officer could disarm the teen. The kid had a pair of scissors, not a gun. Hit him in the harm - maybe you break his arm. Alot better than shooting him in my opinion.



posted on Jun, 8 2007 @ 10:20 AM
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i don't get why they even carry tazers, spray, batons on them...

i mean this kid was 'special needs'...you telling me they had to hit him in the chest and belly.

if they were that scared, they couldn't even like hit him in the leg or something.

it is so friggin easy to get shot by the cops man...seems these stories are popping up a lot. no knock warrants causing people to get shot and such.

now this.



posted on Jun, 8 2007 @ 10:27 AM
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It is sad.

As mentioned, hard to say when not in that situation. I agree a less lethal approach should have been examined first. Again, not being there it is a very tough call.

This reminds of Cops ( or one of those shows ) where they had a guy armed with a big household variety knife, walking down the center of a freeway somewhere with what seemed like 20+ officers walking with him.
After being in tow for a while, they made their move and disarmed the guy. I believe this guy was shot as well.

My point is, with all those officers on this one guy, not one of them ( that I can recall ) used a tazer, rubber bullets, etc.

Again, sad story. Hope the kid pulls through.


apc

posted on Jun, 8 2007 @ 12:31 PM
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Every time something like this happens everyone always freaks out with the standard rhetoric, "Why didn't they just shoot it out of his hand?!", "Why didn't they just tazer him?!"

Seeing as it the officers apparently were talking to the boy for a length of time trying to convince him to drop the scissors, it appears they did not have a tazer available to them. Even if they did, people would probably still be whining about it.

The kid took a swing at the officers. When a cop is attacked they can't take the time to reach for their baton and risk letting the kid land a blade in their skull. They pull the trigger. They aim for body mass. They can't try to be Wyatt Earp and shoot his hand, again risking a blade in the skull.

More anti-police bias from the media. Teen Shot By Police at Willingboro School should read Teen Shot After Attacking Police at Willingboro School.


Edn

posted on Jun, 8 2007 @ 12:50 PM
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I just don't get it. It seams more like police officers just dont get the correct training, which wouldn't be the first time, a lot of public services lack the money for proper training.

Now I can only give my opinion on what I have read but if the article is accurate then these police officers were quite close to the boy when they were trying to get him to drop the scissors, they were apparently close enough to have to shoot him when he tried to attack them. My question is if they were so close to him why did none of them attempt to restrain him?

It just seams odd that there were a number of police officers around him yet they just stood there then shot him when he tried to attack on of the officers. The first instinct here in the UK at least would be to grab the boy before he does anything stupid, but maybe thats because most police don't have a gun to shoot anyone with.

I think part of the problem is people think guns solve everything, its quicker, gets you out of danger faster and its lazier, why struggle with someone when you can put a little pressure on a trigger and there on the ground in no time at all. I'm not saying anyone is actively thinking this police or otherwise, but thats what guns were made for.




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