It was that he approached officers in a threatening way after nearly killing
scores of people with his car.
I do not think the police intended to shoot this guy. BUT if you chase a guy
and try to stop him for nearly an hour doing over 100 mph which is like driving
a legal weapon at those speeds and he does not stop. Then he crashes and comes
at you and you ask him to hault and he does not, and then you taser him and he
does not, I would assume he will not stop at any cost. Who knows if he has a gun
or a knife. I think it matters not now. So what do people want? The cops to
then risk their life and family for a guy who is obviously gone off the deep
end? I think most of us would have done the same thing. Too bad his family has
to suffer for his actions but I think the police (based on the info given) did
the right thing. Too bad he had to die. My question is why did not one let alone
2 tasers not stop him? Sad story and God Bless his family. And it
is not easy for the policeman that shot him either.
Skiddly: Maybe it's a result of everyone now possibly having a gun on
their person, and the fact that this gentleman was coming at the officers
"aggressively" and tasers didn't work on him and he kept
approaching aggressively - and just maybe the fact that the officer just shot in
Texas, who only survived by luck and a bullet-proof vest, who was making a
simple traffic stop, and it happened to be the fugitive from here in Colorado
who murdered a prison chief and then shot this police officer 3 times before he
could pull his own gun. Maybe that's why!
I am more fearful of encounters with law enforcement than I am of comfronting
any criminal--it seems that more citizens are dying at the end of police
gunfire, often over very trivial matters and no weapons on the citizens, than in
actual criminal activity. Something has gone really wrong with law enforcement
over my 40 years of witnessing it. From even minor traffic tickets I have
gotten, it seems like they are trained to be the enemy to the public, rather
than serve the public as they used to do.
It seems like a lot of these speeding episodes that used to end in a guy taken
to jail, are now ending in "shoot first, ask questions later". When did
the cops become judge and jury? Seems pretty over the top.
LDS Lib- Second guessing the cops may be great fun, with lots of "what
if" options to be reflected upon at leisure.However cops are
doing the best they can, as human beings, but with good training usually make
the right (and legal- as evaluated by the county attorney) choices. Life and
death decisions with only a few seconds to decide are difficult to make.
Hesitation can cost a cop or innocent civilian their life.Anyone who
is really unhappy with how cops do their job needs to get off their keyboard and
into the ranks of the cops where they can do the flawless job they demand.
I didn't know the consequence for speeding and not showing amy weapon was
to be tazed and shot dead.Tell me there was NO possible other way
this could have ended...
AFWife they are doing their job, gathering witnesses. I pray for this
family and all involved. Easter will never be the same for them.
Why do the police need witnesses to contact them if they think they were right
to kill the driver? Perhaps they should do their own police work and find what
businesses along that route have video surveillance they can ASK to use.