Pawpaw wrote:OlBill wrote:Should we require them to see a weapon before they shoot?
That is precisely what has been required of our troops in a combat zone. At various times, they have been ordered not to fire until after they were fired upon.
I do realize the police have a difficult and dangerous job, but the USA is not a combat zone. If one of our troops had shot an unarmed person in Afghanistan or Iraq, he could expect a very long vacation to that big hotel in Kansas.
I know, I was one of them. I was also ordered not to carry once while down range. Of course being the good SF soldier I was, I followed that particular order to the letter.
There have been some citizens shot would ended up not having a weapon. Lavoy Finnicum was a criminal. He was not armed when he was shot.
I have long advocated using cover and distance to descalate. We used to want to blow up every door we saw too. Then we learned about what they were calling tactical call outs.
Rise of the Warrior Cops is an excellent work on the subject and how we got to this point.