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  •  There is a point to that. (0+ / 0-)

    And a lot of police never use force ever... in their entire careers, but until we have a population that isn't armed, we need police to have the ability to be armed as well. Plus, there are plenty of scenarios I can think of that the police  should have the authority to use deadly force, even if the the person is unarmed. This shoot just isn't one of them.

    •  political22 (3+ / 0-)
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      Josiah Bartlett, kay3295, kfunk937

      Firing with deadly force needs to be rare and rarer still on an unarmed person. We appear to be having several killings of young black men since Zimmerman got away with murdering Trayvon Martin. It doesn't matter your skin color, I can see it has plain as the Caucasian nose on my face. Even Bill Cosby's son was murdered on an interstate. Michael Jordon's father was murdered at a rest stop. 40% of black males incarcerated when they only make up 12% of the population. Scaaaary ... if I were a young black male in this country.

      •  Vetter... I absolutely agree. (0+ / 0-)

        The use of police force especially on minorities is a huge problem in this country and deadly force should be extremely rare, even more so when a suspect is unarmed. I just question the thought process to make deadly force forbidden even in the case when a person is unarmed. There are certain situations where it potential could be necessary. None of the cases you have listed would seem to indicate it was necessary.

        Additionally, I agree our criminal justice system is extremely screw up, but it's only the symptom of a much larger problem. That problem is utter poverty. Poverty just breads poverty and thats the number one predictor of criminal behavior black or white. Unfortunately, blacks just get the harsher end of treatment of the criminal justice system thanks to laws and police practices that target them. Then again we allowed this to happen. We've allowed ourselves to basically buy the new spin on the old KKK myth that black men are all rapists and animals. In the words of Lewis Black "it's sad, but fucking true."

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