Cooperate or get shot

Stark choices, but apparently very real ones. Well, except for pepper spray. If pepper spray incapacitates you, you might not get shot. No promises on not getting a beatdown, though. The NOPD doesn’t provide its officers with any other form of non-lethal weapon. No rubber bullets, no beanbag guns, no tasers. The SWAT team might have that stuff, but Riley, the Chief of Police, didn’t state categorically that they did.

The shooting still seems to be justified, insofar as the person shot was holding knife and did move towards an officer. But the inability of police to do anything other than shoot him is still disturbing. Especially since they can get more than 16 officers to the scene within 3 minutes.

1 Comment so far

  1. Major Lagg (unregistered) on December 31st, 2005 @ 9:47 pm

    I can tell you why NOPD does not supply their officers with Tasers-money. The city has this cock-eyed view of expenditures. They feel it’s too costly to purchase Tasers for all officers without considering the costs of lawsuits (even the ones you can win) and bad publicity.

    I work for a neighboring agency and since Tasers were deployed, officer shootings dropped. The number of officers and suspects injured in fights also dropped.

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