Overkill?

Something troubling has emerged recently regarding law enforcement and the use of deadly force.

Recently we have begun to see story after story after story of the police shooting and killing suspects. Some armed, others unarmed. But all were killed in huge barrages of gunfire that is beginning to call into question the excessiveness of such force.

A San Diego deputy sheriff and several CHP officers shot an active duty Marine over 37 times.

LAPD officers fired over 120 rounds at an unarmed 19 year old after a car chase.

Two NYPD officers fire over 84 rounds at a murder suspect.

Now were not debating the justification of the force itself, but the level of the force and the unbelievable number of rounds fired at each suspect. Which calls into serious question officer training, discipline and state of mind.

The dangers of so many rounds flying about is obvious. The police are all to quick to tell the general public they are responsible for every round they fire from a gun. Gun safety Instructors will tell you to know positively your surroundings and your background before shooting. And even in a self defense situation you should try to know what is around you before you fire or you can be held liable for excessive force.

Now can you image if these three shootings involved civilians. In similarly justifiable deadly force situations and they managed to fire off equal numbers of rounds… do you think that regardless if the shooting itself was justified or not, these civilians would not be charged with reckless endangerment?

Another possibility a colleague of ours raised is the specter that this might be evidence that cops are becoming terrified of their duties. If so, after all they did volunteer for the job. So they can quit if they are becoming too scared to do the job.

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5 Responses to “Overkill?”

  1. AlgerHiss Says:

    I do believe these people are terrified each day they go on “duty”.

    Beginning with their “shift commander” or “duty sergeant” telling them
    ….let’s go home safe tonight….don’t you dare take any gruff off of anyone….being constantly fluffed up with drivel such as “protect and serve” and “life on the line”… TV shows spouting slogans like “Let’s be careful out there”….constant verbiage like “war” being used…
    …all the while being a cop doesn’t even make it as a top ten dangerous job.

    To plagiarize a slogan from Oldsmobile: This is not your father’s cop.

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