Shooting of Grayling father who alleg...

Shooting of Grayling father who allegedly 'lunged' at police with knife ruled justifiable homicide

There are 14 comments on the Flint Township/Swartz Creek Advance story from Mar 18, 2012, titled Shooting of Grayling father who allegedly 'lunged' at police with knife ruled justifiable homicide. In it, Flint Township/Swartz Creek Advance reports that:

The death of a Grayling father shot and killed by police during a court-ordered child removal was ruled a justifiable homicide by investigators this week.

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RoughAcres

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Mar 25, 2012
Just read of this story and I am horrified.

This chain of events was entirely preventable. That it was not, points to a failure in nearly every layer of bureaucracy involved, and in the human beings who inhabit them.

My heart breaks for Cameron Reddie, who was forced to watch his father killed in front of him.
nocares

Gaylord, MI

#2 Mar 26, 2012
I feel bad for the boy too. But the father was an idiot. If you are stupid enough to attack a police officer with a weapon, you should be shot and killed!
Tragedy Strikes

Frederic, MI

#3 Mar 26, 2012
What concerns me is when people dismiss Reddie's responsibility in all this. Since when is it suddenly ok if CPS and the police show up at your door to remove a child for safety reason to pull a knife on them? When has that ever been ok and if it suddennly is now to be honest that level of deterioration in the American Public's sense of morals scares the hell out of me. Even if and to me it's a big if the police officer was mistaken in what he smelled (pot is pretty distinctive) he was still called there for a domestic disturbance from what I've read in the news. If a mistake is made on CPS & the police's part that is what lawyers are for not deadly weapons. There is no excuse for Reddie pulling a knife on the cops anyway you slice it.

If you're going to attack the cops who are just doing their jobs, you'd better be ready for the consequences. In this instance it unfortunately cost Reddie his life because he made a decision to pull a deadly weapon on and lunge at a cop showing an intent to use that weapon on him. Fortunately Klepadlo, his partner & CPS all went home safely, that's not always the case when things like this happen.
Figures

Ogden, UT

#4 Mar 29, 2012
So you can show up bully a person accuse them of smoking marijuana an then call cps to come remove the child , looks like that cop drove that man to his edge , probable exactly what he was trying to get him to do , so no marijuana???? What's going on cop what is your deal are you a sociopath !!!!!!
Peanut butter

Ogden, UT

#5 Mar 29, 2012
Don't answer the door if your making a peanutbutter sandwich !!!!!!!!!!
nocares

Gaylord, MI

#6 Mar 29, 2012
So it's okay to attack a police officer with a knife? You are about as smart as he was!
David Priebe

Port Richey, FL

#7 Mar 29, 2012
I cant believe that someone would jump towards a police officer with a knife. Im not saying that shooting him was the best way to deal with this, but still. It isnt real smart.
I know the officers in Grayling, MI
there very nice and they would do something like this unless if they felt they had to. I grew up there my whole life.
I know that the officer who shot the man isnt feeling to "thrilled" about this.
Tragedy Strikes

Frederic, MI

#8 Mar 29, 2012
Sorry Figures but from what I've heard the assailant has quite the temper. Besides that I know the cop, he's not a sociopath and he wouldn't push someone to the edge. He doesn't itch for reasons to pull his gun, he's not a coward or any of the other BS being slung in his direction. He has a good, strong character so I have no doubt in my mind whatsoever that his actions were completely justified and necessary for him to go home that night.

Not to mention everyone verbally abusing the cops seems to be conviently forgeting that City PD was originally called for a domestic... Since when is that ok to expose a child to?
Cindy

Whitmore Lake, MI

#9 Apr 4, 2012
Tragedy Strikes wrote:
What concerns me is when people dismiss Reddie's responsibility in all this. Since when is it suddenly ok if CPS and the police show up at your door to remove a child for safety reason to pull a knife on them? When has that ever been ok and if it suddennly is now to be honest that level of jdeterioration in the American Public's sense of morals iscares the hell out of me. Even if and to me it's a big if the police officer was mistaken in what he smelled (pot is pretty distinctive) he was still called there for a domestic disturbance from what I've read in the news. If a mistake is made on CPS & the police's part that is what lawyers are for not deadly weapons. There is no excuse for Reddie pulling a knife on the cops anyway you slice it.
If you're going to attack the cops who are just doing their jobs, you'd better be ready for the consequences. In this instance it unfortunately cost Reddie his life because he made a decision to pull a deadly weapon on and lunge at a cop showing an intent to use that weapon on him. Fortunately Klepadlo, his partner & CPS all went home safely, that's not always the case when things like this happen.
The boy payed the ultimate consequence, Mr reddie had no Marijuana in his system, did the boy have bruises on him? Did he look malnourished? Hell no!
Even if he had Marijuana in his system so what, alcohol an parent that pop pills and do meth should be law enforcement and CPS priorities, how cold can you people be, nobody deserves to die! You mean to tell me that two officers couldn't tasser him? Really?

“Come and get it! ”

Since: Jan 09

Traverse City

#10 Apr 4, 2012
Of course it was justifiable. What's there to debate? If you're a dirtbag with a knife charging the police, you're going to get shot. Anyone stupid enough not to realize this deserves what he gets.
Tragedy Strikes

Frederic, MI

#11 Apr 6, 2012
I'm telling you that a taser is not an appropriate response to a deadly force situation because they can and do fail. When someone is lunging at you with a knife there isn't time to "try the taser", it's stop them or die. Mr. Reddie wasn't shot because he had drugs in his system or was suspected to have marijuana either. He was shot because he made a decision to not only pull a knife on the cops but ignored their warnings to drop the knife and lunged at them showing an intent to kill.

I agree the boy paid the consequence, consequences he'd be paying if his father had been successful in attacking the cop as well. It is unfortunate and a tragedy he has been in my prayers more than anyone else through this. And by the way a child doesn't have to be malnourished or have bruises on them to be a victim of child abuse. There are numerous forms of neglect and abuse and not all of them leave physical signs of the damage they cause. You can learn about them by reading a Psychology 101 book...

However, it is not cold to believe in self defense. Is a police officers life any less valuable than anyone elses? What's cold is people believing their careless words and accusations are appropriate. I can guarantee Mr. Reddie and that child will never leave that deputy for the rest of his life. It is not a decision anyone who knows self defense wants to make to risk taking the life of another. Keeping in mind cops dont shoot to kill they shoot when it is absolutely necessary to stop.

Besides that do the people who are attacking the cop and perpetuating this cycle really think they're helping the family heal? No! You're not! You're just keeping all the anger and ill will going which is not healthy for the family.
Yep

Ogden, UT

#12 Apr 11, 2012
U can be driven over the edge , how could he have come out alive in these kinds of situations . 1 stay calm you are going to get nowhere with the cops 2 don't move or make any sudden moves no matter how bad you are taunted give them no reason to shoot you , if your dead you cant tell your side of the story cause your dead an the cop is the only one talking 3 no matter how bad your situation u will be allowed a judge and a lawyer , it's better to be alive than dead !!!!!
Tragedy Strikes

Frederic, MI

#13 Apr 13, 2012
People can be driven over the edge, but then some people dont even need someone to blow on them to get them to fall as well.
justifiable

Roscommon, MI

#14 Apr 15, 2012
hmmm....people seem to forget that reddie was ready to cut up an officer in front of his child....but that would have been ok for his boy to see? and why because CPS was going to take the child? seems like everyone there made a good decision and got the child out of a harmful home that was plagued with DV and drugs. I do believe the very next day there was a case out in Washington were the father was suspecting he was going to lose his child so he chopped them up into pieces and then blew his house up with himself in it. In the safety of the child better safe then sorry, Reddie could have had his opportunity to defend himself in court. But as homocidal maniacs act he took the law into his own hands and paid the price...yes very sad it had to end that way but it was his choice....only someone with a death wish would lunge at a police officer with a knife.

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