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“What would you say to someone who thinks cops should only use deadly force when confronted by an assailant with a gun?”
Anyone who believes that police officers should only use deadly force when confronted with assailants that have a gun might need to investigate why they think that. Everyone should understand how dangerous criminals without guns can be. Perhaps they should watch video of how a “routine encounter” can go bad very quickly!
Besides 22 years of personal experience as a police officer, the most compelling training video I’ve seen shows a female officer on a traffic stop involving a man twice her size. Unbeknownst to the officer, the suspect believed this encounter was going to send him back to prison. They were in front of the officer’s vehicle when he punched her with such force it knocked her out and onto her back. He jumped on top of her and delivered an unbelievable number of blows to her face. All the while, her body was seized up with her arms at her side, bent at the elbows like rigor mortis!
Law enforcement officers are trained extensively in the area of what humans are capable of. Why? Because time and time again, officers are confronted with the most motivated and capable of bad guys that can hurt us and/or kill us. So it’s completely legitimate for an officer to fear for his or her life against an attacker without a gun, and completely justifiable to use deadly force.
My concern these days isn’t the bad guys, though. My concern lies mainly in the supposed “leaders” in our country who seem to want to criticize, scrutinize and demonize law enforcement officers, rather than addressing the negative behavior of the criminals who actually caused the encounter. I was appalled at the Obama administration’s response to the situation in Ferguson, Mo., and was equally disappointed in state and local leadership. Even after video was released of the strong-armed robbery—where the bully/criminal used his size to overpower and intimidate a shopkeeper—the only criticism was of the department for releasing the video.
For weeks I witnessed “leader” after “leader” bow down to the masses and legitimize a false narrative. Not once did I hear a leader stand up and say: “The police are here to protect us, to work with us. This will be investigated, but in the meantime my suggestion to you is to obey the law and do as an officer says.”
It is disgraceful for anyone in a leadership position to give any positive attention to a criminal, yet White House representatives were sent to the funeral of one in Ferguson. Yet how many representatives did the White House send to Chris Kyle’s funeral?
The answer is none. And that kind of attitude in our nation’s highest office should be a concern to us all.
Editor’s Note: The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of the National Rifle Association.