I have no problem second guessing the actions of police, and the other recent incidents certainly deserve scrutiny. My point was that this situation is totally different from those, and as far as looking in to the incident the investigation is already under way. Between the internal review, the grand jury, and any possible civil suit this incident will receive adequate review. I would guess that the officer will be cleared of any wrongdoing.
Only in Portland would people be so quick to second guess a police officer in this situation. The officer responded to a legitimate complaint of a person acting strangely and scaring people. He encountered a man covered in blood and carrying a knife. He did not know whether the knife wielding man had attacked or injured someone in the bathroom, but it was definitely a possibility. The man refused to answer questions from the officer, and continued to advance on him while still carrying the knife after he was told not to do so. The officer responded. It is very easy to second guess his actions while sitting in the safety security and anonymity afforded by the internet. It is a terrible shame that this man was killed. If you want to point blame at something or someone blame the care system that fails the mentally ill in this country, not the officer who was protecting his own life, and potentially the lives of everyone else who was in the area.
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