West Valley officers cleared in separate shooting
@Pat ReavyCould you please explain WHY this shooting wasn't
justified, or explain what actually happened. The headline of this article makes
it sound like we might actually get some info about the case.
So, the police can't even get it right and we want citizens to be armed?
Nevermind. The trib actually has information on their site....
@Noodlkaboodle, you do know the article stretches across three pages, right?
why would anyone want to be a cop
I think it's great that DA Gill is holding police accountable. It's
really important. But, it doesn't seem totally unreasonable for the officer
to gain entry to the car by shooting through the window IF THE CAR COULD HAVE
HURT PEOPLE. According to the officers words he was trying to protect himself
and others from a possible out of control car. Having said that it seems
to me police are a bit trigger happy sometimes. It can't be easy being a
cop.One comment off point- I have several friends who are
prosecutors. They have freely admitted to me that in their job the most
important thing is to have a great win record and to never put there neck on the
line in a case if it could hurt their future political or career goals. They
said it was embarrassing to say but, justice ranked far down the list. I remember thinking- I sure hope judges have a higher standard.
Not justified for stopping some guy from rampaging through a parking lot?
The DA has it wrong in classifying the 1st shot as using "deadly force".
From the news report, no one was in danger from it.
Re: Truthseeker"So, the police can't even get it right and we
want citizens to be armed?"No, we don't expect our citizens
to perform law enforcement duties. In Utah we want our citizens to be armed
because we understand the concept of "Response Time". Typically that is
the time between when a frantic home owner finally makes contact with a 911
operator and the time the police arrive to put up the crime scene tape and take
photos of the victim's body.I can't speak for California
but here in Utah we have more confidence in the judgement of our armed citizens.
I think it is interesting that a shot fired to break a window was considered to
be unjustified. The passenger seat was probably not killed, right? Whether
something is deadly ought to depend on how it is used. I have a flashlight that
would have smashed the window easily, but could also have been used to kill the
driver very efficiently. Would smashing the window with the flashlight therefore
have been unjustified? I have used firearms to do all sorts of non-deadly tasks
(installing phone lines comes to mind). Obviously, police officers work under