“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
Still, the police may restrain you if you pose a danger to yourself and place you under observation. The police will say it was suicidal to attempt to rescue under the conditions prevailing.
I'm just being analytical and not taking a position as to the rights and wrongs. Just the legalities.
The Police absolutely made the wrong call here. He may not have been able to save his sons life but he's going to have to go to his grave wondering. I wouldn't wish that on any parent.
Never under estimate the power of love. Ordinary people can do extraordinary things when a loved ones life is in danger.
Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength - Henry Ward Beecher
Baby sister, I was born game and I intend to go out that way - Rooster Cogburn
I think the people condemning the police here are being grossly dishonest, if only to themselves. I don't doubt for a moment that, had this been an article about the police just standing by and letting the guy run in to an inferno to his inevitable death, they would be among the masses of people calling for their heads?
They acted on instinct to try to save someone's life, ironically the same thing the man himself thought he was doing too. Whether they did it in the right way can only be honestly assessed by someone who knows all the details of the situation at the time (which none of us do).
The accusations of using the tazer after he was handcuffed clearly needs investigation but, without any further information, that's separate to the principle of their initial act.
Half of me says that it's a judgment call and the authorities have no business making it for someone else. Nor is it their place to save someone from themselves. On the other it's hard to imagine that the father's decision here had a rational basis.
Quo usque tandem abutere, Trump, patientia nostra?
I am not going to second guess the event, I wasn't there.
And I say this with great compassion for the father, and toward Red, to whom I express my condolences.
It is a truly sad story. No parent should have to bury their child.
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville