Wednesday, November 5, 2014
If you have an incident with multiple officers pointing guns at a suspect, designate others to use less lethal weapons. For example, an emotionally disturbed person is in the middle of a parking lot with a knife threatening to stab himself or others.
Four officers arrive on scene, have one of them deploy a less lethal weapon. Perhaps a bean bag shotgun, or maybe pepper balls. Even OC spray might be enough to stop the suspect, if you could safely get within range.
I am not suggesting that a single officer use pepper balls or OC spray against a man with a knife, but when there are multiple officers, you have multiple options. Based on the threat, the cover, and the equipment available; look at other options besides deadly force; that’s what the SGT Says.