propertymanager wrote:I don't care if he was shot 5 or 55 times either, but if that was you (a civilian) doing the shooting instead of a cop and it was caught on tape just like it was here, I think the prosecutor would have a problem with the last 5 shots (while the criminal was moving away from you - not to mention the 10 shots). Let's be real here - if this was a civilian shooting, the shooter would probably be facing murder charges.
Sevens wrote:My first question is the most obvious... after the first five shots, was it really necessary to unleash another 5 or 6? One of the articles said that a stray bullet hit a sign for a different business and there was a woman standing under the sign that was hit with debris. (uninjured)
Sevens wrote:I would also wonder why they had a dog on scene, really. What was the purpose of the dog? To put my question another way... why didn't they let that dog go to work? The dog certainly WANTED to go to work.
propertymanager wrote:I wonder if the second round of 5 shots will be seen as justified? The bad guy was moving away from the officers after being shot the first five times and it could be argued that he was no longer a threat. I suspect that a very different standard will apply here, with an officer involved as compared to a civilian involved. If a civilian defended himself in the People's Republic of Kaliforneea by shooting someone 10 times, including 5 times when the criminal was moving away, I'd bet he would be in PLENTY of trouble.
Scruit wrote:I give a tremendous amount of leeway to a person who is forced into a defensive situation.
Sevens wrote:And if you know anything about dogs, that's like wagging a piece of cheese or a hunk of chicken in front of the dog's face and then telling him he can't have any of it, and never giving him a thing. That dog was born, bred and trained to work and a working dog absolutely lives to do what he is trained and bred to do.
That stumbling idiot mere feet from a healthy, working and motivated police dog-- man, it's just plain unfair to the animal.
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