Michael Brown was 18 years old, black and unarmed when a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri shot him to death after a scuffle in the street. The incident has provoked ongoing mass protests, vandalism, and national calls for an independent investigation and higher standards of police accountability.
The police, citing death threats, have refused to release the name of the police officer who shot Brown. The hacker collective Anonymous has promised to discover and make public the officer's identity anyway. I suspect they will succeed (if they haven't already).
General questions for those who have followed this story:
Do you think the shooting was reasonable under the circumstances?
How do you feel about the police?
Do you trust the police? Why or why not?
Who do the police answer to? Who ought the police answer to?
Are police held too accountable, properly accountable or not accountable enough for their actions?
This guy seems like an excelent teacher...is he? Did you have training similar to what's presented in this video when you were a CO Belle?
Belle, I've seen dozens of "how to defend against a knife" videos, but the first rule of knife fighting is "Don't get into a knife fight." The nominal "winner" of the fight could actually be the one to die!
Hand-to-hand with a person with a knife is definitely Plan C. Any knife fighting instructor who says otherwise is a fraud.
So, you see a hostile person with a knife. You need to make a quick assessment: do you think you can run faster? If so, run. Unfortunately, we expect cops to stick around and deal with the threat. Plan B is the gun. Use it. Turn him into the idiot who brought a knife to a gun fight.
One last thing. No matter how well-trained your police are in hand-o-hand, there are military people out there and black belts in this or that martial art. A police person has to assume the worst. He even has to contemplate that simply because the person has a knife, it doesn't follow that he doesn't also have a gun.
I don't have specific access to the St. Louis police guidelines for when and how to use a gun, but I think you'll find they're much the same almost everywhere. Listen to this expert explain gun protocol. BTW, they're talking in regard to the Michael Brown shooting, but the gun protocols are almost certainly going to be about the same everywhere.
Unseen...could you give us something of a borderline scenario where a policeman should be punished for shooting a suspect?
Let's start with "shooting someone for no reason." Not being under any sort of threat. Shoots only out of anger. Things like that.
Okay, that's a start...