It seems to me police departments need to be held accountable for the tactics employed when dealing with citizens.
Had the police in the Missouri incident used the same approach as in this San Diego example there would have been no justification for shooting/killing the man wielding the knife.
The Missouri PD tactics increased the likelihood of a lethal outcome by initially confronting the suspect within feet of his location. The police needlessly placed themselves and the suspect in a dangerous situation. One that required an immediate lethal response.
On the other hand, note how the San Diego police maintained their distance, which significantly reduced the threat of injury and the need to immediately resort to lethal force. When they ultimately shot the suspect, it was a measured response, not a lethal overreaction.
This seems to be the common problem with our police forces across the country. Clearly the training is either insufficient, or some changes need to be made. It also doesn't help that so many of our citizens don't even question it, but seem more than willing to just accept it.
There were two posters in another thread arguing that they could "understand" why the trained CMPD officer who shot a disoriented unarmed man ten times would immediately panic with absolutely no alternative but lethal force because an unarmed man was approaching him.
Racial tension was endemic in Jennings, said Rodney Epps, an African American city council member.
“You’re dealing with white cops, and they don’t know how to address black people,” Epps said.
Im not sure how I should take that statement. I thought I was supposed to address people the same regardless of the color of their skin.
I sincerely hope that was just an awkwardly worded statement.
Exactly what are you getting at here?
When he says "they don't know to address black people", he means for example by 1) not immediately pulling your gun out on a woman and her child and begin shooting, and 2) not throwing a woman to the ground on her own property and proceeding to kick her in the stomach.
But I'm assuming you either didn't read it all, or simply ignored that information.