Police Shooting Investigation Continues

Police Shooting Investigation Continues

There are 44 comments on the WSET story from Jul 21, 2008, titled Police Shooting Investigation Continues. In it, WSET reports that:

It could be a matter of just a few weeks that we learn if there was any wrongdoing on the part of South Boston Police earlier this month.

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Trenton, NJ

#41 Jul 30, 2008
I have read the original story and the ensuing comments from Linda and Richmonder. I find Linda's comments, while not completely explained more germane than Richmonder's.
Reason. Mr. Richmonder seems to think that there are never police shootings which were unjustified. Not true. How does a corps of trained policement shooting an unarmed man in a door way 40 times seem to be justified? Expecially when the man was completely unarmed and non threatening?
I can understand how a person can be so defensive about the policemen being in the right if the person has a belief that 'trained' police never make mistakes. But, I can't understand why a person would have that belief unless they have a personal investment in the belief that police are never mistaken?
Personally, I can see the police rushing at the car being mistaken for hijackers. It would probably scare the heck out of me, also. The difference that I carry (legally) a .357. Just to point out how mistaken the police can be. Last year in this area the police broke into a home using forceful entry tactics, tied an old couple in their late 80's up and did a complete search of the home, tearing up the inside of the home like a tornado. They had had a tip that the old couple was selling pot. The house they were looking for was about two miles away. This, when this area was having a problem with violent home invasions.

Richmond, VA

#42 Jul 31, 2008
Wrestling Coach...

I can understand how my comments would be pereceived that way as most of what I have posted has been defensive. It seems that the majority of posts from a few people on here have been posted in a context that suggests the police were wrong. They made these comments and statements along with others that, generally speaking, condemned officers for their behavior. I, on the other hand, do not feel that police, generally, do the wrong things or have maliciious intentions. Based on my personal experiences with them (and common sense/logic), I have faith that MOST officers desire to the right things. I added "common sense/logic" because there is nobody in their right mind who would take a job for 30k/year and swear to uphold a constitution that gives people (like Shadow or Taxpayer) their right to belittle the very people who have sworn to uphold that right.

If you look back through each of my posts, in each thread on this site, you will see several consistencies that I have stated:

1. I did not know Mr. Seamster and therefore cannot make judgements about his character.
2. I believe the vast majority of police do the right things.
3. I have suggested strongly that nobody on this board start persecuting the officer until they have facts that he was in the wrong. Police officers are just as deserving of the presumption of innocence as criminals.

As well, if you seek the message board you will note that I have said a couple of times that there ARE officers out there who are unethical and who do not do the right things. I stand by my statement, though, that the vast majority do the right things.

I carry a weapon too, Wrestling Coach. TO ME, it seems that the difference between us is that I carry it because it is my right and I believe in being prepared. You seem to carry one because you're paranoid.

Not familiar with that incident where an unarmed man was shot 40 times. I challenge you, however, to research how many police shootings happen every year and, of those, how many are justified and how many are not. The UNjustified ones just make it to the media in a more dramatic fashion. You can't expect ANY person - policeman or not - to make PERFECT decisions when put in a life or death situation. True life or death situations cannot be duplicated in any training format.

Bad ones out there? Sure. Good ones out there? Certainly - the vast majority of them. As I have said - just stop tying the noose long enough to look at them objectively

Washington, DC

#43 Aug 12, 2008
hey sometimes shooing out a tire or shooting to wound would stop thing's from getting out of hand

Washington, DC

#44 Aug 12, 2008
For I come home a lot I don't need to be afraid of the law or have them acting like they are scared of me hey but I read there is a lot of selfish crime going on down their -cut ut out

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