BCA: Bemidji officer shot teen twice

BCA: Bemidji officer shot teen twice

There are 98 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Aug 7, 2009, titled BCA: Bemidji officer shot teen twice. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A preliminary investigation finds a Bemidji police officer struggled with a knife-wielding 18-year-old before shooting the teen twice in the chest, killing him.

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St Paul Biker

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Aug 7, 2009
Glad the cops didnt get hurt. sounds like deathwish by cop suicide to me.
STUPID

Circle Pines, MN

#2 Aug 7, 2009
I love how the liberal newspaper labels this guy as a "teen" so he sounds like a kid not as a 18 yr old adult. You should be ashamed.
Shywkr

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Aug 7, 2009
STUPID wrote:
I love how the liberal newspaper labels this guy as a "teen" so he sounds like a kid not as a 18 yr old adult. You should be ashamed.
He's still a teen.
citizen joe

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Aug 7, 2009
ask and you shall receive!
dgp

Siren, WI

#5 Aug 7, 2009
At least this kid was armed for a change the cops really do get away with muder
dgp

Siren, WI

#6 Aug 7, 2009
citizen joe wrote:
ask and you shall receive!
what rock did crawl from under
Retired Police Officer

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Aug 7, 2009
dgp wrote:
At least this kid was armed for a change the cops really do get away with muder
Ok, So that is about the most incoherant statement I have ever read.Try as I might.Iam sorry.It makes no sense on any level from any perspective. I have know idea what logic is swirling around in your head but for the benifit of us all please try to form a complete thought.
Retired Police Officer

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Aug 7, 2009
sorry, I meant no not know.
Yes

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Aug 7, 2009
Retired Police Officer wrote:
<quoted text>Ok, So that is about the most incoherant statement I have ever read.Try as I might.Iam sorry.It makes no sense on any level from any perspective. I have know idea what logic is swirling around in your head but for the benifit of us all please try to form a complete thought.
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Same with you..........
Chris Mankey

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Aug 8, 2009
dgp wrote:
At least this kid was armed for a change the cops really do get away with muder
Get away with "muder"? That's a new one. Maybe dgp could pick up some remedial spelling and grammar lessons. Check your local community college for current listings...

As for the incident, it appears to be a clean shoot. Going after a cop with a knife is just asking to get capped. The police did what they had to do.
Family of Robert Erle

Bemidji, MN

#12 Aug 8, 2009
What happened here in Bemidji to Robby who was a (son, nephew, cousin, grandson, Uncle and a friend) to us. We can't make any sense of it, there were so many other ways this could've went. This is a result of how Native Americans are treated so unfairly wrong in Bemidji. Lastly, only GOD can judge Robby.
common sense

West Concord, MN

#13 Aug 8, 2009
being "Native American" or supposedly "calling for help" really do not justify his going after the officer with a knife. Sorry for your loss and I hope you can find peace with this instead of blaming everyone else.
Family of Robert Erle

Bemidji, MN

#14 Aug 8, 2009
EFF the police.. all u b's on here call it what you want, but it was wrongful for what they did. they didnt have to do that shit to my cousin... i love you big homie..
for the ones who think it was handled right, your just as twisted as the cops who killed him!!!!
common sense

West Concord, MN

#15 Aug 8, 2009
you just spoke your true colors so there is no point in saying any more. Hope you find some peace in your heart for what happened.
JESSICA ERLE

Bemidji, MN

#16 Aug 8, 2009
police are "SUPPOSEDLY" trained to handle any situation. shooting a person in the chest is aiming to kill. 12 cops against one boy with a knife,beating him? cops threatening the neighbors? something is just not right here. DIRTY A** COPS.
Family of Robert Erle

Bemidji, MN

#17 Aug 8, 2009
Last comment: There were 12 cops and EMT, do the math, and tell me how none of them could help him. He was one person, and wanted to live. When Rob phoned for help, he was sitting on the ground, waiting for help. Like I said there were so many other ways this could've went. Yes being Native American does play a role in this. In Bemidji what color you are determines your future. Suicide or crisis teams or family, could've been called if they wanted to help Rob. As for the knife, used on himself, resulted in a loss of a mass amount of blood. He did not go after 12 men with a knife, there is no way he could, or how this had to be fatal. Robby wasn't a danger to anyone, but himself in this case. Rookie officers of the force killed him. Who have tazzers, police dogs, clubs, etc. You can't deny this could've turned out a whole different way. END OF COMMENTS.
common sense

West Concord, MN

#20 Aug 8, 2009
If someone came at me with a knife all bets are off and it is going to be me that is the one going home. There are some big discrepancies between your version and what the PP reported. I think I will wait for the BCA investigation to be completed before I make a decision either way.
Family of Robert Erle

Bemidji, MN

#21 Aug 8, 2009
Common Sense - Remember there are two sides to every story and you only heard ONE which is there story.

The truth will set you free...
mpls joe

Bemidji, MN

#22 Aug 8, 2009
I am glad to hear that our police force is discharging weapons near a day care facility while innocent children are playing outside. Regardless of the situation that occurred between the teen and officers I think that it is horrible that the police did not take the children into perspective in this situation.
Law and Order

Saint Cloud, MN

#23 Aug 8, 2009
Erle family - I am sorry for your loss and I realize blaming others for the loss of a loved one is basic human instinct, but this was NOT the fault of law enforcement and spewing such negative, hateful accusations isn't going to bring your loved one back....I hope you can find peace.

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