Wait, wait wait! I am not going to give you more of the same “he should have / he shouldn’t have” garbage about this shooting.
Plenty of people will be on that topic. I have a different look, and it has always driven me crazy. Read carefully the LA TIMES article linked above. Then read it again. Did you catch the talk about the KIDS participating in the protest? What? Are you kidding? You brought your kids?
I think adults should use their 1st Amendment rights however they want. Blah Blah Blah is the worst I can say. But when you bring your minor children to a protest that (already is, or) may turn violent, you are a fool. If the cops start putting down that riot, the kids might get hurt. Even if the cops, once again, exercise their discretion and stand on the sideline, the protesters themselves might inadvertently harm their own.
Arrest them for child endangerment, I say. What do you think?
This terrifying video (CAUTION: GRAPHIC) shows that for officers, things really do happen in a split second. I commend this cop for surviving. I also caution that we always have to watch videos carefully. What I mean by that is at first (and second) glance, I did not see the gun in this video. I did not see the suspect’s deadly threat. Others might miss that too. Having said in a prior post that I think video will save the cops in the end, we have to remember that even an eyewitness video needs to be studied, not just watched.
I don’t plan on detailing every officer killed in the line of duty here. Several non-profit websites like this one that take care of that dreadful task.
This story out of White Plains, New York does bear mention. There are far too many like it, and perhaps we can all learn from this awful tale. The story usually goes the same. An off-duty cop pulls his gun to do something worthwhile, like stop a crime in progress. Problem is, the on-duty cops are already on the way. When they arrive, they mistake the off-duty cop for a crook, and shoot a person they believe is a “man with a gun” suspect.
The lessons here are two (and neither is intended to criticize officer Ridley, who was acting in the highest regard):
First, all officers must decide what is, and what is not, worth getting into when off duty. We have no backup, no uniform, no partner, and no radio available. We also might be in a jurisdiction where the police don’t know our face.
Second, if you do get involved, put your gun down immediately when the cops get there! Many agencies across the nation have suffered this tragedy – hopefully we can prevent another catastrophe with some education and training.
Rest in peace, officer Ridley. Your service will be remebered.