November 24, 2007

Excessive Force ?


In my twelve years of service as a LEO, there was one issue that (rightfully) arose on a fairly steady basis, and that issue concerned the use of force in effecting an arrest. On many occasions the public would make a great outcry when they had the perception that an Officer used greater force than was necessary. "The perpretrator was only armed with a 4" knife" they will say, "WHY did the officer feel it necessary to shoot and end up killing the suspect?"

It's easy for the armchair quarterback to pass judgement on an Officer's actions in the calm safety of his Barcalounger with a cold beer and potato chips close to hand and the game of the week playing on the 60 inch screen.

Having "been there, done that" (thankfully without a fatality), I can assure you from personal experience that when you are facing some crazy jackass that is NOT going to come in a peaceful manner; indeed, is willing to do just about ANYTHING to prevent you from taking him/her into custody, the situation can get ugly/deadly in the blink of an eye.

The photos below are of an officer highly trained trained in hand-to-hand combat.

The officer figured, due to his size and fighting skills, he could
disarm a knife wielding aggressor.

To all the idiots out there who always say, "Why did the cops have
to shoot him? He only had a (insert your choice of weapons here,
i.e . knife, bat, club. whatever). He didn't have to be shot.

To that, I respond, "tough crap".

If an officer tells you to drop your weapon, just drop it.
If you're a retard, stupid, on crack, mental or just "scared" ...too damned bad.

No one deserves what this cop got for just doing his job.

This is vivid proof of how deadly people who are "only armed with a
knife" can be. Some of the public think that officers should try to
disarm someone armed with a knife but anyone who has had training
in knife fighting will tell you - even if you win you are going to
get cut.

The perpretrator in this case got scared and ran away before he managed to kill the officer and was arrested at a later date.

Look at the pictures below the fold the next time that you are tempted to jump to a knee-jerk reaction against "excessive force", find out the facts and then try to put yourself in the same situation and ask yourself "what would I have done?".

WARNING!!! Explicit photos ...

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I am NOT saying that police officers should automatically be given a pass in every use of force, but that there should be a ,if you will excuse the term, "liberal" dose of "benefit of the doubt" before passing judgement on whether or not the force used was "excessive".

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