Community Mourns Teen Killed In Polic...

Community Mourns Teen Killed In Police Shooting

There are 24 comments on the Wjz.com story from May 18, 2006, titled Community Mourns Teen Killed In Police Shooting. In it, Wjz.com reports that:

Friends and family of the Anne Arundel County teenager who died in a police-involved shooting on Sunday are questioning whether police officers acted rationally when they used excessive force to kill him after ...

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jsg

New London, CT

#1 May 18, 2006
I'm sorry but if you charge a police officer with a weapon (and scissors are a weapon) you must expect to get shot. If the officers hadn't responded then maybe we are talking about why an officers family is without there husband and father, because some idiot caught him in the neck with a pair of scissors because the officer wasn't allowed to defend himself and protect the public.
You want a better level of protection pay police a real wage that will attract solid educated professionals and spend some real money on training. Then of course those same people complaining someone got shot would be asking why there taxes are going up to support overpaid and overtrained law enforcement personnel.
CCF

Washington, DC

#2 May 18, 2006
What was the kid on? The parents called the police. There are alot of kids in that area on drugs! And if the parents didn't feel safe around there own son and had to call the police then obviously the police made the right decision.
Gina

United States

#3 May 18, 2006
It is absolutely disgusting what those police officers did. This was an 18 year old kid that needed help. He didn't need to be blown away by trigger-happy officers.(If the report I read was correct, he was shot multiple times by each officer.) But regardless of how many bullets they pumped into his body, much less force could have been used. I bet just one non-lethal shot would have taken him to the ground.(He had scissors!! He didn't even have a gun!) In the majority of cases, including this one, policemen can defend themselves in ways that do not include shooting someone until they are dead. Policmen do it all the time. The officers who did this deserve punishment; however I am sure they will never recieve anything more than a slap on the wrist. My heart goes out to the family members and friends of this victim, whose life was intentionally cut way to short. May you someday find peace.
pomparofurpo

Wyandotte, MI

#4 May 18, 2006
I agree with *Gina*, the kid was some 20 feet away when he charged the officers. They could of easily delivered a NON-lethal shot to the leg or used a Taser or Beanbag shotgun. Ive read many stories where police in this type of situtation afterward claim they are not trained in NON lethal methods. This kid did not need to die.
PMR Anne Arundel County

Rockwood, MI

#5 May 18, 2006
There is not a police officer in this country that is instructed to shoot to wound. Charging a cop with a pair of 9” scissors, which is the same as a 9” knife, is a sure way to end up dead. The fact that the officers tried for thirty minutes to disarm this young man speaks volumes to the fact that they were not “trigger happy.” Since the parents, who called the police on him out of fear could not disarm or control this man (he is 18). What makes the public think that the cops should arrive and take a couple of stab wounds rather than save their own lives. Also, I surprised the criminologist quoted in this article didn’t recommend the police sprinkle some “magic powder” to prevent his obvious suicidal or homicidal act because taser guns were not meant to be used against charging armed suspects.
pomparofurpo

Wyandotte, MI

#6 May 18, 2006
"There is not a police officer in this country that is instructed to shoot to wound."
*PMR Anne Arundel County
Harwood, MD*
I see this as a big problem.
Ashley

United States

#7 May 18, 2006
This young man did NOT have to die. I am disgusted with the police's choice to shoot him to kill. Of course he was wrong for charging at the police with scissors.. That is not the question. The problem is that the man was 20 feet away from the police when they opened fire. He didnt have a gun so there was no way for him to kill any officer from that distance. I agree with everyone else that a shot in the leg or arm would have been justified.. the man would have fallen to the ground immediately and would be able to now face his punishment for his actions. however shooting to purposely kill him? No.. not justified in my eyes. The police are supposed to be saving lives not taking lives.
Ashley

United States

#8 May 18, 2006
And Im from Odenton MD not IL
Amedeus

Ypsilanti, MI

#9 May 20, 2006
What I'D like to know, is why the kid charged at the cops in the first place? They never really discuss that. I mean, maybe the cops were already harrassing the kid to some major extent? Or did he just come out nowhere? This seems like a really important part of the issue here, to me.
Jay from Glen Burnie

Washington, DC

#10 May 22, 2006
Wow, score another one for the Anne Arundel Kounty Killer Koppers.

no taser gun. no mental health professional. no compassion for the life of a 18 year old KID.

I get this sense of deja vu when I read this article. Like this has all happened before...... http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1421...

I dont cry when a police die
cause they probably deserved it.
Run around with a badge and a gun
and they goddamn fuck with everyone.
Enforce rules made by fools,
violence and fear their tools.
Dressed to impress
with the laws they arrest
and they leave us powerless!
Fox

United States

#11 May 22, 2006
I think that the police felt that they were doing the right thing at the time. But apparently were not prepared for their own actions. An 18 year old kid was shot multiple times because he charged them with a pair of scissors. I heard this story from a friend whose parents were friends with his parents. Their son was shot down while they watched. What a horrible thing to have to see. He needed help. I know that there was a better way this could of ended. Hopefully people will learn jumping the gun is no way to be. Maybe better training for the police department to handle a situation like that so that it won't escalate.
jon beemer

AOL

#12 Jun 20, 2006
bunch of spineless cowards. You know what you're getting into from the start,to serve and protect not to hide behind your 9 millimeter. Two cowards of the same calliber of these 4 cowards shot and killed my brother, he was armed with a pipe
concerned for real

Washington, DC

#13 Jun 28, 2006
You get what you pay for. Just like the teachers. Pay them more and the job will attract higher educated and more qualified people. Almost anyone can become a cop..... or a teacher..... And this crap happens far too much. Exactly what is the accountability for those cops? Two taps on the wrist and a "watch it next time" speech?
mother from Millersville

Hartford City, IN

#14 Jul 2, 2006
No I agree, no 18 year old should have to die. But the parents were afraid and could not control their son, so they called the police. Which is something they will have to live with the rest of their lives. But why should police officers have to wait for the suspect to get close before shooting. They have the right to protect themselves and anyone else. The police spent time trying to talk to the 18 year old with not success before he CHARGED THEM. He was the aggressor, not the police. If you feel they are only killers, maybe you should put yourself in their shoes for a day. I bet you couldn't do as well.
Jay from Glen Burnie wrote:
Wow, score another one for the Anne Arundel Kounty Killer Koppers.
no taser gun. no mental health professional. no compassion for the life of a 18 year old KID.
I get this sense of deja vu when I read this article. Like this has all happened before...... http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1421...
I dont cry when a police die
cause they probably deserved it.
Run around with a badge and a gun
and they goddamn fuck with everyone.
Enforce rules made by fools,
violence and fear their tools.
Dressed to impress
with the laws they arrest
and they leave us powerless!
J from Baltimore

Québec, Canada

#15 Jul 5, 2006
Wow, just wow

It is well known in military, law enforcement, and martial arts that inside of 21 feet a man with a knife (read 9 inch long siccors)is more dangerous than a man with a gun. This is because the average individual can cover this distance in less than two seconds, while it takes longer than two seconds to draw and fire a gun. So this man charges the police, it takes them a second to register whats happening and then what .......?? You want them to use the remaining second to re-holster their gun, calmly draw and deploy their mace, and hope for the best? The fact that they were negotiating for 30 min suggests they were waiting for a unit with nonletheals to arrive on the scene.
J from Baltimore

Québec, Canada

#19 Jul 8, 2006
oznob wrote:
<quoted text>
Why were there NON-LETHALS not deployed to begin with? Because they wanted too kill someone that day. And they did.
Anne Arundel police are not equiped with non lethals. The county board has not approved tasers and only a few officers in the entire county carry beanbag rounds. As for mace or batons, well I already explained the range issue. 20 feet is already too close, and mace isnt going to carry more than 10 feet even under favorable conditions. You dont get that close to someoner with a lethal weapon with a non-reliable leathal and hope it works. If you want to blame someone, blame the county for not properly equiping its officers with reliable non-lethal weapons such as the taser because they are concerned that it "might be abused."
J from Baltimore

Québec, Canada

#20 Jul 8, 2006
Meant to say unreliable non-lethal
Mike from Glen Burnie

Bensenville, IL

#21 Jul 10, 2006
I for one don't think the police do enough to protect. We are responsible , each of us for our action and for those who chose to get dangerous must be delt with. you are putting your self in the legal hands of the law when you do not follow this rule. I pay taxes to make sure i am safe always not just when it seems to be a good idea. if the next time you speed the ticket was a thousand dollars , I be willing to say you would not speed. I am not a law breaker but if I were and the police told me to stop and do what they told me to do. (put down the scissors) I will and will talk about it later. I am not going to play games to see if they would shoot me.
Sad

Port Jefferson Station, NY

#22 Aug 4, 2006
jon beemer wrote:
bunch of spineless cowards. You know what you're getting into from the start,to serve and protect not to hide behind your 9 millimeter. Two cowards of the same calliber of these 4 cowards shot and killed my brother, he was armed with a pipe
you stand correct, and im sorry to hear,,, but they are trained to serve and protect themselves* before civillians. Just like anyone else would do.
Sad

Port Jefferson Station, NY

#23 Aug 4, 2006
Jay from Glen Burnie wrote:
Wow, score another one for the Anne Arundel Kounty Killer Koppers.
no taser gun. no mental health professional. no compassion for the life of a 18 year old KID.
I get this sense of deja vu when I read this article. Like this has all happened before...... http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1421...
I dont cry when a police die
cause they probably deserved it.
Run around with a badge and a gun
and they goddamn fuck with everyone.
Enforce rules made by fools,
violence and fear their tools.
Dressed to impress
with the laws they arrest
and they leave us powerless!
You stupid sick peice of garbage, What if your wife, or your husband, or your son, or daughter was a cop. You sick peice of garbage. GO TO HELL WHERE YOU BELONG. This was the stupidest poem or whatever the hell you want to call it Ive ever read. Cops are not the enemy to socitey, its garbage and trash such as yourself.

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