Three Wichita police officers were involved in the fatal shooting of a robbery suspect recently. The initial investigation indicated … according to Police Chief Norman Williams … that the suspect approached the officers with a knife and refused to drop it.
With typical cyber bravado, a K-N-S-S web site visitor responded by calling the dead person a mildly-pornographic name. That was inappropriate. I can just about guarantee you the officers involved are not happy that they had to shoot someone.
A friend of mine once shot and killed a robbery suspect. He later left the police force.
Do people really believe law enforcement officers get a kick out of shooting someone?
I think they see it as the worst case incident … something to be done when everything else has failed. They only have a split second to make a decision that no amount of training can really prepare them to make.
This is not T-V or movie “cops and robbers”. It’s real and it’s serious … deadly serious.
Our thought for today is from Sophocles:
“What you cannot enforce, do not command.”