Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Correct Way to Arrest a Terrorist

YouTube - Correct Way to Arrest a Terrorist

A CBS news video posted on YouTube reminds us that everything we do while on duty may end up on television, all over the world. A group of police have cornered a bad guy with a hostage. The bad guy asks for a motorcycle to make a getaway and they police give it to him. After a short distance they arrange a traffic collision and the bad guy is captured.

While we all like to see justice done and we all like to see the bad guys suffer, this was probably not the best way to capture this criminal. Perhaps they could have given him a motorcycle with about two ounces of fuel and so he could have escaped for about two hundred yards. Maybe they could have given him a motorcycle with slow leaks in the tires so he could not have gotten very far. Perhaps deploying spike strips on likely avenues of escape would have been a good idea.

The suspect would almost certainly have been injured in this crash, if not killed. The use of force in this instance in my opinion was at the extreme outside edge of reasonable. There were many other options available to the officers and this certainly was not the best of them. Stopping the bad guy was a good idea, crashing into him probably was not; that's what the SGT Says.


Nuno M. Cabe├žadas said...

Alarm devices able to cut the fuel injection after receiving a SMS are now cheap and include GPS tracking. They allow to track the target in real time and stop him in the best place to make an arrest. Some of these alarms cost between 100 and 200 USD and have lots of uses, including recovering stolen vehicles, tracking suspects or managing a fleet.

Protect_and_Serve said...

A Sniper's bullet costs about two dollar.

Bunkermeister said...

Both are excellent suggestions!

Bunkermeister said...

The idea of driving a car in front of the motorcycle was dangerous to the suspect and to the officer.