Sunday, May 25, 2014

Shooting

After a shooting, once it's safe, and the suspect has been disarmed and restrained, render first aid to the suspect.  Certainly, it's okay to prioritized first aid based on injuries and who has been injured.  But the same officer who is guarding the suspect can provide at least some level of first aid.

Direct pressure to a bleeding wound, opening an airway, or applying a tourniquet to a bleeding arm or leg is not too much to ask.  We are the good guys and we need to behave like the good guys.  We don't shoot to kill, we shoot to stop.  We prove that by stopping shooting once the threat is over.

We also prove that we only shoot to stop by rendering first aid to the suspect.  No one expects you to let your partner die to aid the suspect.  No one expects you to neglect innocent victims to help the suspect, but in most instances there are very soon, plenty of hands around to assist in taking care of everyone.  That includes the suspect; that's what the SGT Says.

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