Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Run Him Down

http://calibrepress.com/2015/04/video-ariz-officers-plows-into-suspect/

A suspect participated in the theft of a rifle, a home invasion robbery and he shot at police officers.  The police followed the suspect as he walked along the side of the road, pointing a gun at his own head.  One officer warned the suspect to not to shoot himself.  A second officer drove up and intentionally ran over the suspect.

The video of the event looks bad.  A man walking down the street is run over by a police car.  That is horrifying.  Video often only tells part of the story.  If the suspect had stopped and pointed the gun at the officers, the suspect would likely have died in a hail of gunfire.

Any action the police take has to be weighted against other potential actions or doing nothing.  Clearly, allowing an armed suspect walking down the street in a residential neighborhood is a bad idea.  Also having a shootout in the same neighborhood is a bad idea.  The officer came up with an unusual, but effective solution to a dangerous problem; that's what the SGT Says.

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