A video has surfaced of a fatal shooting in Tennessee. Cops were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance; a woman threatening people with a replica medieval battle ax. The video shows what happens next:
What do you think about this?
I think it’s an example of the scary eagerness of today’s cops to blow people away.
I’m not defending the conduct of the battle ax-wielding woman. I merely question the necessity of shooting her.
Aren’t cops supposed to be Heroes?
Aren’t Heroes brave?
Is it brave for a young man wearing body armor and holding a gun to shoot a distraught middle-aged woman wielding a replica battle ax that probably had no edge and even if it did, could only do injury if the woman managed to get close to the Hero?
Wasn’t there an alternative to deadly force as the first resort?
She was not, after all, a 23-year-old SEAL trained in the use of edged weapons and hand-to-hand combat.
Aren’t Heroes supposed to be the ones with the training?
Couldn’t he have subdued the woman rather than shot her to death in the street?
How hard could it be, really, for a young man to snatch away a battle axe from a middle-aged dumpy woman? Or Taze her?
I think a Hero would have tried that first.
What do you think?