When bad shootings happen, I'll gladly call an officer out. And they do happen. Protecting the public is the whole purpose of the job. Keeping them safe. Yes, even suspects (hence all the regulations for handling of detained and arrested subjects). However, in order to do that...officers have to be alive. If this cop had shot, there would be people slamming him left and right. Totally justified in shooting had he done so, and he'd STILL be viewed as a bad cop because he killed a man who appeared to pose a threat. It's not about playing judge, jury, and executioner. It's about staying alive in life or death situations. To say that this case should be the standard by which officers should conduct themselves in like situations is ignorant, because it will get officers killed.
You didn't just say "error on the side of suspects and the public". You specified that we should error on the side of suspects OVER police officers. Now, if I am misunderstanding that, please correct me. I don't want to be misrepresenting what you're saying. It just seems to me that you're saying that a suspect's well being takes precedence over the officer's, particularly when discussing how we handle judgment calls like this.
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