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Wed Dec 26, 2012, 11:23 PM

A drunken, mean man with a hammer was shot and killed by police last night. [View all]

Where this story happened is immaterial to my point in posting it.

A 26 year old man was drunk and disorderly. Mean, even. He was wielding a hammer and broke out windows on a line of parked cars.

Anyway, here, I'll let the news professionals tell the story. I will blank out names since, as I said, they are immaterial to my point. If you want to google a part of the text, the story will not be hard to find.

An officer is on administrative leave after shooting and killing a suspect <local> police say advanced towards the officer with a hammer.

Tuesday night, the parents of 26-year-old <name> reported that he had been drinking and was acting disorderly, smashing windows out of a truck with a hammer.

Three officers arrived at a home on Commerce Street in <place> and saw <name> walking down the street toward them, say police. He had the hammer in his hand and officers shouted for him to drop it and surrender. Police say, however, that Becker continued to walk towards the officers, who were now out of their patrol cars. The officers went down the street and behind their cars, continuing to shout for Becker to drop the hammer and surrender, according to police.

Police say <name> continued to ignore the officers and keep walking. About an arm's length away from an officer, <name> reportedly raised a hammer and the officer fired his pistol. <Name> was hit in the upper torso.

<Name> was then taken to <local> Hospital Center where he was later pronounced dead.

The officer who shot Becker is a four and a half year veteran of the <local> Police Department and is on administrative leave while an investigation into the incident continues.


So. We have this swarm of cops with guns. They retreat to a fortified position behind their cars. They order the guy to stop. Faced with what they see as a threat (how did it GET to that????) they blast the guy in the chest and kill him.

Christmas night. Now the guy is dead after his family called the cops.

Do cop guns no longer shoot arms or legs or feet? Are cops taught to shoot to kill? Yeah. I get it. The guy was threatening. But come on. A whole platton of cops in cars with guns and they can't stop of drunk?

What the fuck???





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