When does a person become such a danger that a public official can order that person’s execution? “Execution” may be too harsh a word. Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams ended a 32-hour standoff when he gave the O-K to “take out” a young man in a south-side apartment. The guy had reportedly talked about trying for a so-called “cop suicide”, and he had fired shots at police officers.
Chief Williams said he consulted with the city’s legal department, the city manager, Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter, and Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson before making his decision.
I remember the Haysville hostage story in 1976, when Sedgwick County Undersheriff Sam Davidson ordered two snipers to shoot and kill a man who had held several hostages inside a house for many hours. Sam didn’t have the chance to confer with his boss. Sheriff Johnnie Darr was one of the hostages.
I’m glad I don’t have to make decisions like that.
Our thought for today is from G. M. Trevelyan:
“Action springs not from thought, but from readiness for responsibility.”