Archive for August 5th, 2009

Police Shootings

August 5, 2009

In our area there have been two men shot by police in the past week.  This is unusual for our normally quiet, Iowa community.  In both situations the officer was clearly threatened or attacked. 

The first incident involved a man who was wanted for questioning in an assault.  When the officer tried to take the individual into custody, the man refused to comply with the officer’s orders.  The officer used his taser, but it was ineffective.  That is not supposed to happen.  The officer was attacked, bitten, had his head smashed into the concrete and was on the ground being choked.  Only then did he pull his firearm and shoot the assailant.

The second incident involved a response to a domestic disturbance.  When the officer arrived at the scene, the man came to the door with a meat cleaver in his hand.  He refused to obey commands to drop the cleaver, and came at the officer in a threatening manner.

The officer shot him.

That is the basic information as reported in our local newspaper.  My concern is; what has happened to basic respect for authority?  Do people really think that they can attack police officers?  Do they think that they can refuse compliance with simple orders?    I sincerely hope that this is just a freak occurrence and not a growing trend.