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March 24, 2010


About time. Why is done after a person gunned down?

"The LAPD is a leader in the Public Safety Community on this type of training." Give me a break, the LAPD is the only department who's officers need this training due to it's hiring standards being the lowest of all PD's in the State. The truth of the matter is the LAPD is always in the news for bad shootings, stealing narcotics from the evidence room, punching suspects, pistol whipping victims while off duty in Whittier & planting evidence. POST should mandate I.Q. tests as part of the hiring process for LAPD candidates.

Obviously, "Citizen" did not read the entire article. Even the LA Times (known for being less than favorable toward the LAPD) recognizes that the Police have been training officers in how to interact with persons with mental or learning disbilities long before this shooting.

Also, I sincerely doubt that the Officers go around randomly shooting people with no reason or cause. I wasn't there when it happened and I'm certain that "Citizen" wasn't there either. It is highly unfair to judge the Officers' actions from the Monday morning quarterback's sofa. I personally believe that the Officers must have either felt their lives or the lives of persons were threatened before they pulled the trigger.

Mr. Perez - I agree with you, but maybe they did not have to shoot him in the head to kill him immediately, especially when they were so unsure of what he was actually doing. If a normal person did that, they would be unquestionably locked up.

Kelly Stone, stop watching police shows on TV. Officers are taught to aim for center body mass, which is the biggest target. Based on the individual officer's level of training and expertise in firearm handling (yes, a gun is a tool and requires constant training, which some officers choose only to do the minimum required), the actual bullet impact location can be up, down, sideways, or a miss altogether.

Remember that the officers are moving, their hands are moving yet in a different plane, and the suspect is also moving. An aim to the center of the body can result in a bullet impacting the head.

These ignorant comments about officers needing to aim for an arm or a leg don't add to the debate, only make cliches and fantasy a part of the discussion, which they shouldn't be.

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