Haven't read all the details of this particular event.
But if I am the cop this is not going to be complicated. If a group of individuals are throwing rocks at me, I am going to draw my weapon. Then I am going to command that they stop throwing the rocks. If they decline to obey my command I am going to take action which prevents them from continuing to throw the rocks. Center mass. Mitigate their behavior.
Whether the cop is on the US side or on the Mexican side, the concept/guideline would not change.
Individuals take responsibility for their actions. This ain't rocket science....
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You are wrong.
So, a Union spokesman named T.J. said this was a clean shoot and that's it?? You're kidding, right?Same source as aboveT.J. Bonner, president of the union representing Border Patrol agents, said rock throwing aimed at Border Patrol agents are common and capable of causing serious injury.
"It is a deadly force encounter, one that justifies the use of deadly force," Bonner said.
Again, sorry, that's not how it work, Vicchio.
That's right, I forgot... You were there. (not)The officer that fired his weapon in self-defense also acted professionally.
Just calm down and wait for the shooting review. I got some news for you, unless he was legitimately boxed in, this guy is going to have to make a case why he didn't ride off to safe location and then call for backup.
Last edited by hazlnut; 06-08-10 at 10:09 PM.
Law enforcement officials don't have the luxury of weighing what situation is potentially lethal to them or not. They are taught to deal with a threat one way. The teenagers could very easily have pulled out handguns and shot the border patrol agents rather than them thowing rocks. Law enforcement did what they were trained to do and I have no problem with that at the end of the day.
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I agree we should wait for the shooting review report before passing any judgement on the BP. IMO, the crowd and the teenager are at least partially to blame. No rock throwing, no incident. I like to go by inocent till proven guilty. I'm sorry that there was a loss of life. Wonder how the reaction by those jumping on the BP would be if the agent was the one killed.
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