SPD3, I understand what you are saying, however the difference between this case and the training cases you speak of is simple. We in Law Enforcement use tragic incidents, and the things Officers did wrong leading up to them as a form of training once all the facts are known. Clearly all of the facts in this case are not known yet. Therefore it is much to soon to second guess the actions of this Officer. This is an area we have to be very carefull with.Also I learned a valuable lesson years ago when I was a screw at the super max in Shirley. You should not judge a man unless you yourself have walked in his shoes.
I was covering an Inmate movement period with several other C.O.s. We were talking about an ass kicking an inmate had taken in my unit a few minutes prior, when another C.O. came walking up. This particular C.O. had been beaten up several times by inmates. As a result of these beatings this C.O. had been knocked out a couple of times, and got his nose broken. As he approached us, another C.O. made the comment " Speaking of getting your ass kicked" This C.O. then responded with " like I tell everyone else, until you get in a 1 on 1 fight with a con, shut your mouth". Approximately 10 minutes later the we all returned to our units. The C.O. who made the fresh comment then got in to an fight with a con, which led to him getting savagely beaten, and knocked out cold just as the guy he had made fun of had in the past.
The morale of the story is very simple. We are all very cocky, and assume we would handle a violent situation on the job better than the last guy did. Here is where we need to be carefull, because until you have walked in this Officers shoes, we do not know how we would react to a similar situation. And if you are to cocky, you might just find yourself in the same situation, and we will all be sitting hear judging you. I hope some of you can learn a lesson from this.