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  •  Suicide By Cop (5+ / 0-)
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    d3clark, darleneh, sethtriggs, deben, SoCalSal

    A few years ago, on prom night, county police in our area put nine bullets in a teenaged male with mental problems who was holding a scissors.  The kids call it Suicide By Cop.   Somehow, the police seem to believe deadly force is supposed to be the first option when confronting a situation, when all they would have had to do was stand around and wait for the kid to calm down.  Sad.  Very sad.

    •  That maybe wasn't "suicide by cop" (6+ / 0-)

      Suicide by cop is when someone wants to be killed, and does everything they can to provoke that outcome.

      “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

      by Catte Nappe on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 12:36:40 PM PDT

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    •  That young man was more likely (4+ / 0-)

      trying to determine who and what were real. Poorly trained cops with chips on their shoulders and the compulsive need to be macho "don't have time for this."

      Mental illness is not a choice and victims of mental disorders are not sinners or criminals. They are victims.

      Sunday mornings are more beautiful without Meet the Press.

      by deben on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 01:01:15 PM PDT

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