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mikeb302000 Donating Member (638 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-31-11 01:20 AM
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Aurora Colorado Police and Their License to Kill
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The Denver Post reports

It was the fifth fatal shooting by Aurora officers this year. Officers were cleared by district attorneys in the previous four cases.

Life must be good out there in Aurora. Can you imagine if someone reported such a thing to the Chicago or Baltimore police. The incident was little more than a squabble over lost keys and a greedy guy who wanted to make a couple quick bucks. But in Aurora, the quick-drawing cops come to the rescue even over such mundane matters.

Then, as often happens, the good-samaritan cop found himself facing THAT decision. Did he do the right thing? No, I don't think so. The scammin' key-finder got defensive, of course, he got physical, he supposedly "reached for a knife," and then he got dead.

Under-trained and ill-prepared cops are to blame for the frequency of these incidents in which petty criminals end up dead. Something could be done about it, on TTAG I read an interesting discussion about how much training cops should have. Here's my contribution.

About the training, I say every work day, one hour. Some of that can be practicing techniques like someone said above and some of it can be actual shooting.

Just like anyone else who wants to carry a gun, they need to be practiced and qualified, even more so since, as cops, thats their job.

What's your opinion? Shouldn't the police invest more time in training their people than they do in covering up their mistakes?

(cross posted at Mikeb302000)

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  -Aurora Colorado Police and Their License to Kill mikeb302000  Jul-31-11 01:20 AM   #0 
  - Unrec for continuous blog flogging  ProgressiveProfessor   Jul-31-11 01:23 AM   #1 
  - +1  rl6214   Jul-31-11 01:40 AM   #2 
     - +2 nt  RSillsbee   Jul-31-11 11:55 AM   #12 
  - awww East Colfax  gejohnston   Jul-31-11 01:50 AM   #3 
  - More firearms training?  rrneck   Jul-31-11 02:03 AM   #4 
  - part of proper training  mikeb302000   Jul-31-11 02:45 AM   #5 
     - Police training levels are the highest they have ever been and yet there seem to be more of these  ProgressiveProfessor   Jul-31-11 02:56 AM   #6 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Jul-31-11 07:06 AM   #8 
     - Do you look in the mirror when you say things backwards?  Starboard Tack   Jul-31-11 01:07 PM   #14 
        - From your username and presuming you are a sailor...  ProgressiveProfessor   Jul-31-11 04:27 PM   #15 
           - Lots of difference. Guns are not safety equipment. They are used for killing.  Starboard Tack   Jul-31-11 04:41 PM   #16 
              - Would you say...  burrfoot   Jul-31-11 08:13 PM   #17 
              - You would be correct. Killing someone intentionally is never justified except on the battlefield  Starboard Tack   Jul-31-11 09:15 PM   #20 
                 - You make a valid point.  burrfoot   Jul-31-11 09:36 PM   #22 
                 - Cheers!  Starboard Tack   Jul-31-11 10:59 PM   #24 
                 - And if the attacker dies as a result what then. Call it murder? n/t  oneshooter   Jul-31-11 09:45 PM   #23 
                 - Murder is intentional and premeditated with malice aforethought  Starboard Tack   Jul-31-11 11:01 PM   #25 
                 - Review the definition of does not include self defense  ProgressiveProfessor   Aug-01-11 09:38 AM   #30 
                    - I never said it did, unless the defender intends to kill  Starboard Tack   Aug-01-11 03:05 PM   #32 
                       - Lethal force is lethal force.  X_Digger   Aug-01-11 03:35 PM   #33 
                          - Good luck with that thinking  Starboard Tack   Aug-01-11 07:40 PM   #34 
                             - I don't need luck, I have law.  X_Digger   Aug-01-11 08:55 PM   #35 
                                - As I said, good luck, if the cops or DA think you were justified you'll be just fine.  Starboard Tack   Aug-02-11 02:21 AM   #36 
                                   - So you admit that your sarcastic 'good luck with that' was bullshit?  X_Digger   Aug-02-11 08:34 AM   #38 
                                      - Sarcastic? Moi?  Starboard Tack   Aug-02-11 01:15 PM   #39 
              - Actually that depends where you are  ProgressiveProfessor   Jul-31-11 08:20 PM   #18 
              - I have no issues with shooting snakes or goblins, though I thought the latter were fictional  Starboard Tack   Jul-31-11 09:25 PM   #21 
              - Still chewing that cud, I see..  X_Digger   Jul-31-11 11:40 PM   #26 
              - thanks for your refreshing and sensible comment.  mikeb302000   Aug-01-11 05:25 AM   #27 
                 - Grazie, altrettanto!  Starboard Tack   Aug-01-11 11:39 AM   #31 
     - I will say this  gejohnston   Jul-31-11 03:00 AM   #7 
     - why would that surprise you  mikeb302000   Aug-01-11 05:26 AM   #28 
     - Um, yeah. Reread the post.  rrneck   Jul-31-11 09:53 AM   #11 
  - Blog spam unrec. eom  pipoman   Jul-31-11 08:34 AM   #9 
  - Life is simple  DWC   Jul-31-11 08:57 AM   #10 
  - BOOM blogalogga-logga, BOOM blogalogga-logga BOOM-BOOM-B-BOOM...nt  SteveM   Jul-31-11 12:47 PM   #13 
  - Five fatal shootings in 7 months for a city of 325K seems high ...  Kennah   Jul-31-11 08:54 PM   #19 
     - What? an unarmed man shot to death by cops  mikeb302000   Aug-01-11 05:29 AM   #29 
        - "he punched the officer several times and tried to reach for a knife"  Kennah   Aug-02-11 03:57 AM   #37 

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