Re: veteran officer & MSP
I think that what the veteran officer did was incredibly stupid, but not a capital offense. Based ONLY on the facts presented (and there may indeed be more to this):
- If he failed to stop, and just was continuing at a normal rate of speed, my take on it is that the Trooper over-reacted in a most dangerous way (this is going to go over like a lead brick amongst some readers, I'm sure). Explanation below.
-If however, the veteran officer flipped the Trooper the bird, and gunned it, then the Trooper's reaction was fully appropriate. [Facts presented do not support this theory.]
- One night we were working patrol in the unmarked detective car (marked cruiser was probably in the shop being repaired) and we got a call for a car flipped over in the median of I-95. When we get on the ramp of I-95 with siren and bubblegum (on dash) this woman in front of us absolutely refuses to yield! It is frustrating as hell since we don't know how serious the injuries are at the crash scene we are headed to, but we just gritted our teeth and beared with it until we cleared the ramp and could blow by her. Had we forced her off the road and stuck a gun in her ear, we would have been VERY WRONG!!
- Our SOP (written policy) was that if we ever drew our gun, we had to write a report on what happened. And the ONLY justification to draw the gun was with the FULL INTENT TO USE IT! Thus, there had to be a VIABLE THREAT TO HUMAN LIFE before we could draw a weapon. [Here I not only agree, but see no difference between what a civilian should be allowed ot do and what a LEO should be required to do.]
Based on that, if someone fails to yield and/or flips the bird, I do NOT see that it is justification in itself to use deadly force and if that is what indeed did happen, the Trooper could and should face charges. [The veteran officer should also be reprimanded and forced to apologize to the Trooper.]
Now I'll don my Kevlar, hide in the bunker and await the incoming artillery from the MSP. :wink: