I know the officer who shot him. Glad nobody else was hurt. This could have been
Tragic all the way around.
The man was clearly mentally ill. It's sad that our country doesn't do
things to help these people, and instead waits for situations like this to
develop. If he had been given proper treatment earlier in his life, he would
not have been shot dead last night.
Schwa, we simply do not know the whole story. He could have been given
opportunities to take medication or psychiatric help and refused. We need to
wait for the information to come forth which may or may not clarify this.
There are some people who are strange, but not mentally ill and there are others
who are just plain criminal and seem to always get away with their actions.
Let's wait and see what Police fin out.
I assume from the cryptic references under the high quality photos of Mr. Meyhew
that in 2004 the Deseret News published an article about him in the which he
claimed to be a retired, reformed hit man working to be a good father. Now the
question seems to be -- did he have a crime record? or did he just claim he had
a crime record?? Sometimes hard for a news reporter to know for sureone way or
another. I agree with Schwa on this point. This has all the
hallmarks of the latest example of a mental health problem that the police
resolved with deadly force. It IS sad that our country has not done
more by way of mental health research, development, and programing to help these
fellow citizens. Instead, the culture wait for situations like this to come to
the proverbial head and then resolve violently with police action. If he could
have received treatment earlier in his life, the police might not have resolved
the crisis with deadly force.
we're going through a major depression. people have legitimate reasons to
be at wits end. while drugs may help prevent them from deciding to end their
life because of it, police-assisted suicide is nevertheless an effective out for
a coward. if he wanted to hurt people he wouldn't have entertained
negotiations. heroism aside, i do think people deserve to know about
the explosive capacity of the contents of his backpack. are we talking a baking
soda bomb, a pipe bomb, a dirty bomb? the effort he went through to acquire the
materials would tell us a lot about his intentions and whether we should view
this as a medical treatment issue or larger security issue that needs to be
addressed (e.g., acquiring the ingredients to create a significant explosion).
Regardless of his possessions the police still haven't justified
assassination and murder as an answer to every threat they face. The officers
face no real threat from citizens, they could walk through a mine field setting
off many explosion and not get harmed so why is death their only means of
prevention? Police declaring war on americans has triggered many
people to sacrifice themselves by triggering and pushing the right buttons for
police reactions to kill the innocent as well as the guilty. They have every
means of disabling mentally disturbed citizens but they choose law .308 to pass
judgment. As for treating the mentally ill, that's a hoax.
Those that medical profession pretend to help are destroying lives and mental
state, just watch a few TV ads that drug companies are broadcasting all the
disclaimers for mental and phisical disorders caused. Drugs and doctors are the
problem causing mental disorders of dysfunctional lives. FDA approval means no
comment and no objection, where's my kick back.
My2Cents: Were you there? If not, how do you know if the police action was
appropriate? Every time an officer uses deadly force, does that mean he is
irrational or a ruthless killer? I'd hate to be in the situations they face
and have to make the life-and-death decisions they have to make. If the bomb had
gone off and killed several people, then the police would have been condemned
for not stopping Mahew when they had a chance.
The police have been very guarded telling the public about the "bomb" or
explosive device. Some news stations just said it could be something that could
have exploded, but that could be a can of hair spray too. I was left feeling
like the public's questions went unanswered and although he had mental
problems, I still feel sad that it had to end anyone's life, even his.
If you claimed to have a bomb and started coming toward me and wouldn't
stop when I asked, I am sorry, but a bullet is the only option for you out of
self defense. How many more issues would be resolved if people were trained and
had guns? I am thinking of a particular movie theater incident. I don't
care if the man had a bomb or not. If he was threatening saying he did and
started to approach me, that is enough reason to protect my own life.Stop acting like the police did something wrong.
1 shot is all took unlike the dozens it took by NYC police officers a few weeks
ago injuring several innocent bystanders in the process. The Salt Lake City
police officer deserves to be commended for his skill & efforts.
Re: My2Cents Taylorsville, UT"Regardless of his possessions the police
still haven't justified assassination and murder as an answer to every
threat they face."The police don't resort to deadly force
in the face of every threat they face .... just the ones where their lives or
the lives of others are placed in jeopardy. Like it or not each of us is
responsible for the consequences of our own actions, and we don't put every
eligible candidate in an insane asylum.
You're right My2Cents. The police should have let him detonate the device
and kill/injury others to demonstrated the perp's sincerity. Don't
blame the police for suicide by cop.