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  •  There have been two recent shootings by police... (6+ / 0-)

    ...in Anchorage Alaska. The first was an officer responding to a noise disturbance call. He was confronted with a loud Samoan man, recently moved here, who was not drunk or high, but disturbed about something. When the officer arrived, the man began to approach the officer, still talking loudly. He was carrying a wooden broomstick. When the man did not immediately (and I mean within a couple of seconds) drop the stick on command, he was shot center mass in the chest. The cop was let off as "justifiable" shooting.

    Cops with tasers, spray, and semi-automatic weapons, and wearing bullet-proof tactical vests, driving a semi-armored vehicle with back-up armaments and several communication means,  are now in fear of their lives of a man with a stick. There were no others showing aggression to the officer.

    The second shooting cops were responding to a domestic disturbance call. A distressed man was flashing around a BB gun which looked sort-of like a real gun. Did I mention he was in his own back yard, that the cops were told by his son that his dad had a fake gun, that they did not wait for back up? No they ran around the corner where the guy told the cops "just shoot me." When they did not immediately comply, he pointed a BB gun at them and got his wish.

    I wish I could say these were isolated incidents, but it's very apparent police violence is on the rise. Cops are all too eager to make bones before trying other remedies. All it takes a a reading or two of such police magazines such as "American Cop"  to see how police see the public: Witness, Suspect, or Victim. And that's about it. We are all suspects to them.  

    That's a diary someday.

    But since they are (supposedly) "Citizens First" does that mean as a citizen I can shoot someone -center mass- who waves a stick at me? Does it have to be an adult with a BB gun, or am I threatened enough by a child with one?

    Or am I allowed to let them live, walk over and take the damn thing away from them?

    "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

    by CanisMaximus on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 02:23:01 AM PDT

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