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So sad
« on: September 09, 2020, 11:27:53 am »
 
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Re: So sad
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2020, 02:44:27 pm »
Unfortunately, some shootings by police are justified if they are necessary to protect lives.

But shooting a young kid (repeatedly, according the report) who was having a mental breakdown... this rates right up there with putting your knee on the back of someone's neck until they stop breathing, or shooting someone in the back 7 times.

In a case a few years ago in California, a boy of 13 was killed by an officer who legitimately believed he or others might have been in danger. The kid had a replica AK-47 without the required orange tip, & when ordered to drop it, he turned with the gun in a position that the officer interpreted as deadly. This was a tragedy, but it's understandable how it could have happened.

It's true that police officers need to make split-second life-or-death decisions & are too often second-guessed by outsiders. It's also true that there are agitators who will use any officer-involved shooting as a reason to stir up anti-police opinion & incite violence. But there really is a need for better training when it comes to mental illness, & perhaps better screening, hiring, & ongoing training in some departments so the best applicants are the ones who become & remain officers.
« Last Edit: September 09, 2020, 03:33:46 pm by Curelom »
 
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