Houston police officer shoots dead double amputee in wheelchair inside a group home

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    Sep 23, 2012 1:48 PM GMT
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49135371/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/#__utma=14933801.1083734162.1342391933.1348375391.1348402906.435&__utmb
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    Sep 23, 2012 1:52 PM GMT
    You have got to be freaking kidding me. I read more up on the story on the Houston Chron and the Officer shot him at a Personal Care home.
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    Sep 23, 2012 2:44 PM GMT
    George Zimmerman: it was self-defense.
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    Sep 23, 2012 5:47 PM GMT
    Having read the news report, I think it is probable that the use of force in this case was justified. The use of lethal force, however, was probably unnecessary and excessive. Are police officers in the US not equipped with non-lethal intermediate weapons, like taser or pepper spray (or even a baton)?
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    Sep 23, 2012 5:58 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidHaving read the news report, I think it is probable that the use of force in this case was justified. The use of lethal force, however, was probably unnecessary and excessive. Are police officers in the US not equipped with non-lethal intermediate weapons, like taser or pepper spray (or even a baton)?

    Yes, many are, especially in larger police forces like in Houston. I can believe the man was out of control, I've seen it before myself with people who are in such care situations. But as you note, you don't kill him over it.

    As I rather grimly commented myself in the NBC story I linked, the police evidently really thought the pen is mightier than the sword.
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    Sep 23, 2012 6:58 PM GMT
    Sounds like a classic case of PTSD, considering that officer's history.