July 18th, 2012

Think About It……….                                                                                         July 18, 2012

We have certainly had more than our share of police shootings taking lives, and wounding folks with a firearm, here in South Central Alaska.  Many are wondering just where the responsibility and accountability lies.

It seems obvious that the actions of the individuals involved certainly caused the police officers to react with lethal force. Troopers and police are trained exactly the same as all other states in the U.S. and that is to first of all try and disarm someone rather that mortally wound them.

However, in a situation where the officer feels threatened and has warned the perpetrator, he or she certainly has the right to draw a weapon until making the final decision.

If you are going to get drunk, belligerent, aggressive and dangerous beyond the acceptable norms of society, you are putting yourself in harms way and you police must to do whatever necessary to get you in control. Certainly if you are going to draw a firearm, the officer has no idea what you are planning or when or where you might begin firing.  In that case the use of lethal force may not only be justified but mandatory.

Many folks may say, why not shoot the perpetrator in the leg, shoulder or arm or use a Taser? Officers all go under extensive training and are taught to shoot in the chest or head not limbs. They are also taught that deadly force must be used only as a last resort when everything else has been done.

Remember, that the police policies in question are the same ones that would be used to save you or members of your family if you were ever threatened and the situation demanded lethal force.

Right now, at least two police officers, as human beings are having to come to grips with the fact that they are going to have to live out their lives knowing that they took a human life. That in itself would be a burden most of us would find unbearable.

Think About It!       JCD   7-18-12



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