Then that raises my point.... What is the alternative. It is no good saying "You can't do it that way" and then not have an alternative.
One of the most hotly discussed topics is police pursuits. Damned if you do and dmaned if you don't. But what is the alternative?
Military style tactics are used because they work in similar situations for the military in urban environments. To enter a premises quickly wit hte occupants disoriented so they can be caught by suprise. They are not new tactics... go watch an episode of Adam 12 from the 60's and they were using flash bangs and SWAT teams then, 45 yrs ago.
No-one likes the thought of hurting or killing innocent people, and the thought of it being a child too.... is devastating.
Something went terribly wrong with this particular incident. Not knowing there was children in the house was the first point. How and why the officers firearm discharged during a struggle will be the crux of it all. It may have been caused by the occupant grabbing the officer's gun!!
At the end of the day, the judiciary will have months to ponder and decide what happened with all the facts in the cold hard light of day to judge the officer's actions who only had split seconds to think.
I feel sorry for the officer's involved and for the family of the child too. This is a no win situation.
Policing all around the world has undergone a massive change. The English Bobby does not ride around his village on his bike anymore, they all wear kevlar vests and the airports are patrolled by uniform officers with MP5's.
Aussie cops stopped wearing white caps, dark slacks and blue business style shirts years ago. Now they are wear cargo pants and wear vests and thigh holsters. They are almost as geared up as our soldiers in Afghanistan.
US Police are no different, there have been many incidents of where the police were out gunned and out armoured. As a result of the FBI Shoot out in Miami in 1986, The FBI switched to .40 cal S&W. In 1997 as a result of the North Hollywood shootout police have access to AR-15 rifles in some of their cars. 911 didn't help with the overall threat and so it all got ramped up again.
I honestly believed if someone came up with a tactic that would allow police to enter a premises and arrest a person quickly, quietly and safely... they would adopt it..... but then so would the military too and then it becomes another military tactic.
Last edited by Cavman; 05-17-2010 at 08:09 PM.