Well Luke, I served in the USMC almost 10 years and speaking out of experience in a combat zone, you're there to eliminate threats to be sure but you're also trained to know when deadly force is authorized and justified. LEO's have many tools and are supposed to be well trained to handle situations with the least amount of damage possible. Even if this officer was attacked, the perp was unarmed so he could've used non lethal measures to contain the situation. If someone fears an unarmed person to the point they feel their lives are in danger, then they need another job because that's not how professionals are expected to handle themselves. All cops aren't bad to be sure, but in this case (and several others that aren't widely publicized) the officer violated several points of protocol and used lethal force that was totally unnecessary. Sure they have to protect themselves and sure people should obey the laws. Most police these days are the youngsters that went overseas after the war was basically over and now they're back here thinking they can bully Americans around the same way when we have different rights and rules. Put shortly, if you're so afraid of being hurt that you have to shoot everyone, you're a coward and you shouldn't own a firearm.
You raise good points. From my understanding though the guy was actually assaulting the officer at the window of the vehicle. No taser was being carried and a mace was impractical. When he raised his gun a struggle ensued over the weapon and the first 2 times the officer fired the weapon it jammed because of the way the gun was being handled in the struggle. Apparently after these shots were fired Brown became really aggro. I do agree with your key points and I believe that he could have handled the situation better. I don't want to go too off topic here but what you said about coming back from war raises another good point. I think a major issue with policing these days is that they are developing the "soldier mentality". Whereas policing is meant to be about engaging with the community I think police today are perhaps more aggressive than they have to be. The surplus of military gear that is coming back from the Mid East won't help the issue. People are gonna see cops in military gear/military vehicles and it's going to further exacerbate the trust issues between civilians and police. By very nature police and the military are meant to fulfill separate roles and I kinda feel that this distinction has in a way started to get difficult to see in the eyes of many Americans. I'm probably not explaining myself right but this is what I'm trying to highlight. http://theprogressiv...rican-policing/The militarization of police.
Anyway, is it okay if I talk to you on IRC sometime whenever you're free Ionzomac about the USMC? I've got a few questions about enlisting and careers. As a sidenote I didn't realise you are a marine. I really respect you guys. Thanks for your service!