It is my experience that most police officers are very reluctant to use deadly
force. They are trained to protect life, not take it. However, unfortunate as
it is, they sometimes have to use lethal force. If people were honest with
themselves I think you would find that in nearly 98% of the officer involved
shootings the victim could have avoided the shooting by cooperating, following
orders, keeping their hands clear and in the open and being respectful to
police. They also could have avoided it by not being involved in criminal
activity to begin with. I can't pass judgement on the actions of the
police officers in the cases cited since I wasn't there. But if we are to
condemn the police we ought to also condemn the person being shot for breaking
the law and then not following the lawful orders of the police officers
involved. Simply breaking the law does not, in and of itself, justify deadly
force, but a person involved in criminal activity puts themselves at risk and to
aggravate that risk by being combative with the police officer must bring some
responsibility to the victim of the shooting. Crime and violence beget
It seems like the real goal of some of these people is to make it easier for
people to avoid arrest and continue their crimes.
They need to wait until the investigation is over before jumping to conclusions.
Giving out information that could harm an investigation may win fans, but it
ends up turning people loose that belong in jail.
This transparency thing should be a two way street. The protesters are crying
foul when it appears that the young man was up to mischief and people who have
now idea who he really was are trying to paint him as a "gentle giant".
The video doesn't lie. It didn't look like the giant was so gentle
when he was steeling cigars from the store. Get the race beaters Jessey Jackson
and Al Sharpton, and the looting thugs out of the way and let the investigators
do their job.
Oops My bad!!!! I didn't read the Story. I deserve what ever rashing coming
There are a lot of similarities between this and the Micheal Brown case, but one
big difference is how much we know. Michael Brown's friend stepped up with
an account of the Ferguson shooting. Witnesses of this shooting have not spoken
out. Often, we tend to assume the police had cause unless there is solid
evidence the other way. I, too, wish the South Salt Lake Police would give us a
basic sketch of what they know about what happened.
I commend the people in Utah who are protesting, they are not acting like the
people that are just a couple of miles from me in Missouri. Sometimes a police
officer wrongly kills someone, sometimes they don't. Until all the facts
and information are in, people need to have an open mind for fairness. I say
this because of our local congressman calling the police officer in Ferguson a
murderer. He could be, or he could have been defending himself, until all the
facts are out, neither should be condemned, the one killed or the one that
killed. I do know that the friend of Michael Brown did lie, that was verified
in today's autopsy results. I hope that the people in Utah will continue
to protest in peace and not destroy other peoples lives who had nothing to do
with the death of this man. When I watch the news of what is going on here, it
seems like I am watching things that are happening in Iraq, it is ugly and those
doing it, don't care about the guy that was killed, they just want to
destroy, it isn't even their town.
No, the protester do not want answers and transparency.They want
excuses and bloody shirts to wave to advance their agenda. Their agenda is
usually pro-criminal and anti-social and against law enforcement, business, and
personal responsibility. If they wanted answers and transparency,
they just have to wait until investigations are finished. But, the eventual
truth of the matter is most likely to conflict with their preferred narrative
and eliminate any justification for the inflammatory rhetoric so popular with
the left.Wait for the truth to come out, quietly, even if you cannot
handle the truth.
Thank heavens the Deseret News/SL Trib wasted time and paper documenting this
huge protest of more than a dozen people. At least it appears to be a
Being a police officer is probably the hardest job in the world. If they
don't do their job, anarchy ensues. If they DO do their job, people riot,
especially if I and the assailant happen to be particular races, and then accuse
me of racism.It's hard to sift through the fine details of
events like this because of how badly they're politicised, but I know two
things for sure:#1: White cops aren't slaughtering innocent
black people left and right. If they were, most media outlets would jump at the
chance to further the party-funding "victim" narrative.#2: Cops
don't just go ballistic and shoot orderly, cooperative people who
aren't doing anything wrong, regardless of race.
Re: "It's just crazy — unarmed people getting shot . . .
."Agreed. It's just crazy that parents don't teach
their kids that it's genuinely crazy to needlessly and callously challenge
police officers in these life-or-death situations. It's crazy for unarmed
kids to attack armed police officers.And, most of all, it's
crazy to suggest that the cops we pay so grudgingly and so poorly to lay their
lives on the line to protect us receive so little support from us while
they're doing exactly what we've asked them to do.Cops are
daily faced with a simple decision -- do I go home tonight, or does the
criminal? Their training correctly tells them to err on the side of their
families, not the criminal's.Kids, even adults, raised by
injudicious parents to believe they're above the law, or that it's
cool to flout the law or challenge cops just doing their jobs, are the problem.
Foolishly disarming or further hampering the police is not a
solution, and would only add to the problem.
Far too many actions of the police suggest otherwise, when it comes to public
safety, and public trust in society today. we in society need a responsible and
accountable police force to the people, they are public safety servants, not
tyrants.We need to update our methods of inclusion of accountability by
legislation;1. make cops wear cameras and microphones when going on
call.2. full background check with no priors of beatings and killings,
anywhere.3. mental health certification annually for employment
qualifications, they are fit to work with the public, kids, elderly, pregnant
women,and are not racist, violent or have Ptsd or some violent repressed mental
issues, from war or elsewhere. This is not to much to ask for.People
want to see more de escalation tactics than shooting unarmed citizens is all.