Shouldn't militarized police be held to the same standards as the military?
Dallas sniper bombed by police, were not under 320393061-Presidential-Policy-Guidance which states, "Capture operations offer the best opportunity for meaningful intelligence gain from counterterrorism operations and the mitigation and disruption of terrorist threats The US prioritizes, as a matter of policy, the capture of terrorist suspects as a preferred option over lethal action and will therefore require a feasibility assessment of capture options as a component to any proposal for lethal action."
I would say yes they should be held to the same standard since they have become militarized. However, policy makers as well as administrative management of law enforcement have have to realize and admit that they have become militarized. No problem can be solved politically until politicians as well as the majority of the public agrees that there is a problem. Neither politicians or the majority of the public will be concerned until they are the ones that are effected by the issue. As of now this is only become a normal reality in black and brown people of urban areas. No change will take place until wealthy and white neighborhoods are brutalized in the same fashion. Then and only then will policy makers and the administration management of law enforcement view this brutality as unjust. Then and only then will immediate action be justified in their eyes.
Really interesting question for thought. For as long as I can remember there have been places referred to as "war zones" by police and citizens alike. You don't walk down the streets of these war zones like you would anywhere else. I really have no idea what they are like today but years ago Watts, Hell's Kitchen and Pigalle France were such places. If I am not mistaken some form of National Guard were deployed at times in such places.
As for today and the specific case you mention it sure seems a little weird to blow someone up. But I have to admit risking further life to take him alive really makes no sense.
If did at the time because he said he had bombs 'everywhere' unless they though he was just lying
Interesting. Would that make it smarter to cause an explosion? I reckon only those on the scene making the decision have the best intel on why and how. Clearly we want to minimize risk to civilians and police.
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