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  •  If they are avoiding arrest (0+ / 0-)

    and causing/threatening physicle danger and/or risk to those authorities who would arrest them, then yes, I think the government is allowed under the constitution to take them dead or alive.  Are the authorities allowed to kill them if they surrender and request trials, no and that is not what is happening.

    •  "Dead Or Alive" (4+ / 0-)

      Isn't that what W said? By the way, you can't go around killing people - at least not here in the US, yet - because they might pose a risk. Cops all the time face risk when pursuing and arresting suspects, yet only under extremely limited circumstances can cops shoot to kill or for that matter shoot at all. I hope we don't end up in a society where in the name of the Constitution the police force goes around killing every suspect who doesn't immediately surrender to them and ask for a trial.

      •  If you are suspected of being a threat to the (0+ / 0-)

        country and its citizens police are entitled to attempt to apprehend you, if you attempt to flee or threaten force they are allowed to use lethal force.  If a US citizen is in violation of US law and is avoiding arrest by creating an extremely dangerous situation for law enforcement then I have no qualms with authorities using lethal force.  I had no problem when this was done by Bush and no problem when its done by Obama.

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