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Death of Innocents


First, let me just say that my heart goes out to all the loved ones of innocents who are killed by law enforcement, as well as the loved ones of law enforcement who are killed.

In the past, it has been painful enough to know about the deaths of innocents by law enforcement without seeing the videos. Had I not heard it discussed on NPR that a young woman had posted a livestream aftermath of a shooting while remaining composed, I would not have viewed that video either. I now have several questions for someone who knows how law enforcement handles such situations.

I realize I have no idea what transpired before the man was shot, but the video I watched was 10 minutes long, and yet there were no paramedics on the scene. Is it normal that it should take that long for medical attention to arrive when a suspect has been shot multiple times at close range? Am I naive in assuming that as soon as it is determined that a suspect has been shot, paramedics are automatically dispatched? Is it normal to shoot someone who is seated in a car? If so, even if the man were actually reaching for a gun, are four shots within normal limits in order to protect the officer? Am I naive to assume that shooting a man once at such close range would probably prevent him from doing grave harm to the officer?

I have heard that police officers would rather be judged by 12 than carried by six, but have there been many cases in which officers were murdered or even attacked by people who were confined to a car and had a small child in the back seat? Do officers no longer have other options they can try first, such as pepper spray, clubs, or Tasers, if they are fearful for their lives?

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