Officer fatally shoots teen in Bemidji

Officer fatally shoots teen in Bemidji

There are 69 comments on the Startribune.com story from Aug 6, 2009, titled Officer fatally shoots teen in Bemidji. In it, Startribune.com reports that:

What started as a medical situation in Bemidji has ended with a police officer shooting an 18-year-old man to death.

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Bemidji, MN

#62 Apr 17, 2010
Who cares about the ACLU for one... they can have that 'organtization'. When you are touching on the subject of traditional assistance and degree's you're opening up a whole new can of worms. Those are all important issues. But the real reason Robert Erle is not here today is because Beltrami County Police ROOKIES shot him!! Lets not lose sight of that. I can sit here and hash your back yard just the same. THOSE police Officers shot Robert - because they were SCARED - and Kay Avenue Ambulance company denied Robert medical attention while losing his own blood. Those are facts and that's the bottom LINE. You ALL need to answer that.
Hmm

Marshfield, WI

#63 Jun 14, 2010
I used to live there and I heard stories from teens the cops would take in to the woods and molest them. Bemidji is a sickfuck place, and I know way more than that.
Lawrence

Maple Grove, MN

#64 Jun 16, 2010
Hmm wrote:
I used to live there and I heard stories from teens the cops would take in to the woods and molest them. Bemidji is a sickfuck place, and I know way more than that.
Ya right, all the cops want to molest little Indian kids! Get real!
THATS WHATS UP

Bemidji, MN

#65 Jun 20, 2010
You got what you wanted out of it... but what I heard was BEMIDJI has secrets! And it does - way UP NORTH - trys to be this upstanding place. When really it's ugly, and a huge cover-up of the people you elect.
Lawrence wrote:
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Ya right, all the cops want to molest little Indian kids! Get real!
zach

Beaverton, OR

#66 Jul 3, 2010
I went to school with this kid. There are some people out there that just have no more goodness left inside them. He was one of those kids. He wanted the cops to shoot him. He was so into being a wanna-be gangster that it actually transpired. On his myspace page one of his quotes is " I would rather die like a man then loive like a coward". Case and point. It was not by any means the officers fault. He was running at them with a large knife. yelling "KIll Me" very very bad situation. Tghe only ones to blame out of this are Robert's parents.
julie

Two Harbors, MN

#67 Jul 8, 2010
My thougths exactly! I am the mother of a law enforcement officer and correctioal officer. It does seem they are damed if they do and damned if they don't! Everyone is quick to judge them, but like you said if nothing was done the reaction would have been.... Well why didn't the cops do anything about it, thats what they are here for, they puit everyone in danger!
Just like when the Hells Angel's were in Carlton the law enforcement was critized for following them. I TELL YOU WHAT, THEY DID AN AWESOME JOB!!!THATS WHY THERE WAS NO TROUBLE. IF THEY HAD BEEN LEFT ALONE AND SOMETHING HAPPENED, THE PUBLIC WOULD HAVE BEEN QUICK TO SAY...THEY (LAW ENFORCEMENT) NEW THE HELLS ANGELS WERE COMING FOR MONTHS THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE PREPARED THATS WHAT THEY ARE HERE FOR TO PROTECT US! ALL YOU PEOPLE WHO CRITIZED, DO YOU KNOW HOW THE HELLS ANGELS EARN THEIR PATCHES FOR THEIR JACKETS????MAYBE YOU SHOULD DO A LITTLE RESEARCH....THEY HAVE PATCHES FOR RAPE, MURDER ETC.THANK YOU ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS :) I KNOW YOU SPEND ALOT OF TIME AWAY FROM YOUR FAMILIES FOR TRAINING TO PROTECT ALL OF US. P.S. RACE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT...STOP WITH THE EXCUSES!
sar435 wrote:
I would just start by saying that I'm Native American, White, German, and Irish, Know I dont think that my race really matters here as I SIT AND RIGHT THIS, BUT IM TELLING YOU ANYWAY. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY A FEW THINGS. I AM SO SICK AND TIRED OF PEOPLE BLAMING EVERYTHING ON RACE WHEN IT HAS TO COME TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND NATIVES OR BLACKS,WHITE,HISPANICS. I COULD CARE LESS WHAT COLOR YOU ARE. I KNOW ALOT OF YOU BLAME THIS ON THAT BUT I SIT HERE AND THINK AS I AM WRITTING THIS, I COME FROM A LAW ENFORCEMENT BACK GROUND. I HAVE A TWO YR DEGREE AND ALSO WORK AS A COMMUCATIONS OFFICER, SOME OF YOU PEOPLE NEED TO SIT OR WALK IN THE SHOES OF A POLICE OFFICER AND SEE WHAT THEY GO THROUGH ON A DAILY BASIS. YOU GUYS DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY GO THROUGH. I DONT KNOW THIS KID PERSONALY BUT IM SURE HE WAS A GREAT KID BUT DO SOME OF YOU REALIZE WHAT KIND OF CALL THIS WAS. IT WAS A MEDICAL CALL OF A SUCIDAL MALE, THIS IS A SERIOUS CALL I DONT KNOW IF SOME OF YOU KNOW THIS, BUT ITS NOT TAKEN LIGHTLY. ALSO OFFICERS ARE TRAINED TO KILL IF THATS WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO TO PROTECT THEMSELFS AND THE LIVES OF OTHERS THATS WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO DO. LET ME ASK YOU SOMETHING IF SOMEONE WAS COMING AT YOU WITH A KNIFE WHAT WOULD YOU DO? THE OFFICER DID DO THE RIGHT THING HE USED HIS TASER AND IT HAD NO AFFECT ON MR. ERLE SO WHAT ELSE WAS THERE TO DO AND HE WAS CHARGING AT THE OFFICER WITH THE KNIFE TAKE HIS GUN AND SHOOT TO PROTECT HIS SELF AND THE AREA. SOME OF YOU PEOPLE SAY WELL WHY DID HE USE HIS GUN WHEN THE DAY CARE WAS IN THE AREA. WELL LETS LOOK AT IT THIS WAY. IF MR ERLE HAD BEEN CONSUMING ALCOHOL OR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND HE HAPPNED TO GET AWAY FROM OFFICERS AND JUST HAPPENED TO GET INTO THE DAY CARE AND HURT THEM CHILDREN THEN YOU WOULD BE BLAMING OFFICERS CAUSE THEY DID NOT ATTEMPT TO STOP THIS ARMED MAN. SO THEY ARE DAMNED IF THEY DO AND DAMED IF THEY DONT. JUST LIKE I SAID BEFORE YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT THESE OFFICERS GO THROUGH DAY AFTER DAY. SO BEFORE YOU START USING THE RACE THING SIT BACK AND THINK BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTHS
sniper 40

Arlington, MA

#68 Oct 6, 2010
bye bye scumbag...want to hurt a cop..oh well you lose...we are not playing the bleeding heart game anymore...maybe this will teach the next dirtbag
THE TRUTH - IN BJI

Bemidji, MN

#69 Oct 9, 2010
I hope you all realize what happenened.
And what your SHERIFF HODAPP for re-election allowed to happen. While the family grieved, at a hospital he had on-site snipers present, and armed guards. WHY? Why was that necessary of a suicide call?? I hope you all realize what happens in Northern Minnesota, aka the good ole boys country.
YOu state you worry about kids in a daycare blocks away. Did you know kids were present at the shooting? Beltrami Pioneer newspaper failed to report that. Why? So they stay in business! And everyone keeps their jobs and positions! But you know what; THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE BEMIDJI!
White kid

Crystal, ND

#70 Apr 16, 2013
They shot him because he was Indian lol give me a break! If I charged a cop with a knife they'd shoot me dead on the spot to. Our taxes pay your bills day in and day out. And you still have the balls to say "it's because we are native!" How about we cut off all your government money. Then we'd be racist right? The cop did the right thing, end of story

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