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  •  You ommitted the FBI shooting dead someone (0+ / 0-)

    they're questioning:

    Man shot to death in Fla. while being questioned in Boston Marathon bombing investigation

    Three law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Todashev had lunged at the FBI agent with a knife. However, two of those officials said later in the day it was no longer clear what happened. The third official had not received any new information.
    There were two Massachusetts state policemen and two Orlando policemen there, as well as probably a second FBI agent. Even if the Orlando police weren't in the room, the Massachusetts police probably were, since the crime being investigated occurred in Massachusetts. That means that four law enforcement officers couldn't subdue a single unarmed man, and one of them decided to shoot him instead.

    I think shootings like these are relevant, given how rarely German police for example fire their guns:

    Eighty-five shots: That’s the total number of bullets German police used in all of 2011, Der Spiegel reports. But what does it say when US cops use as much ammo to bring down one man as German cops need to keep the peace nationwide?

    The rate at which German police discharged their firearms is further underscored by how rarely they shot with fatal intent.  Of the 85 bullets used in 2011, 49 were warnings shots, 36 were aimed at criminal suspects, 15 people were injured, and 6 were killed, the German daily continues.

    It's simply impossible to imagine that German police would shoot and kill someone while they're questioning him. But here, we're supposed to see that kind of thing as normal.

    This is not a bloodless process. — Barack Obama, at the launch of the Hamilton Project....

    by Alexandre on Wed May 22, 2013 at 05:14:50 PM PDT

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