What is the actual policy on use of DEADLY force. I've been in the Portland area now nearly 3 years and it seems to me that an alarming number of police shootings have come under scrutiny, and far too often an unarmed suspect ends up dead. Of course a man wielding a knife is not totally without justification but too often its been a mentally challenged individual or worse a fleeing UNARMED suspect that ends up deceased
When I was in law enforcement (in the Service) we had the "Reasonable Man" approach to deadly force. meaning there really is only one reason to use deadly force... EMINENT LOSS OF LIFE! either to protect oneself or another from eminent danger. I mean everyone has heard the joke "don't bring a knife to a gunfight"....There is a distinct advantage to having firearms, especially if the guys with the guns are trained. I didn't read that the 60 year old guy was an expert in KNIFE THROWING so I'm wondering Are the Portland officers trained to control a situation without deadly force, as I see it if there is Two officers to one knife wielding perp and he cannot be controlled then call more officers to the scene!! Suicide by Police is becoming the Hallmark of the Portland Police Dept, better training is a start but SOME COMMON SENSE TRAINING IS A MUST.
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