Firstly, the guy didn't need a gun. He was driving a 4000 lb weapon. The cops ordered him out of his vehicle. He refused and attempted to free. If the suspect moves his vehicle toward a police officer, at that point in time, the officer and any others who will support him are granted the right to use deadly force to stop that threat to their life. Irrespective of any other reason why they need to talk to him, mistaken identity or not.
As to the amount of rounds expended, I do believe that 120 rounds is excessive too. However, what most people don't realise is that handgun rounds (in this case, Compton cops had 9mm I believe) are very innefective against vehicles. It's not like in the movies people. C'mon. The rounds just don't go through windshield glass that easily, and certainly not through metal. Surprised that the guy in the SUV lived? No, I'm not.
If the cop was shot from being in the line of fire, then yes, it probably was
bad tactics for the police to have shot in the manner that they did. But it could have been an accident. We don't know yet if the cop who was shot was hit by a direct shot, or by a ricochet off the windshield glass.
But for the person wo said earlier that these cops aren't qualified to carry a gun, [email protected]
YOU, you can't say squat with ANY kind of confidence. What qualifies you to say that? Because you SAW IT on the news? Do you wear a badge? Do you even carry a gun for self protection yourself? Have you taken any kind of tactical training? Have YOU ever been in a real shooting? The cops were doing their job, and if you were them in that situation, you wouldn't have done any better. Look, Monday morning quarterback this thing till you start growing hair out of your ears and you'll still get no closer to being accurate about what happened, or what magic YOU would have done had you been there.
The simple fact is, you were all NOT there, and the cops were. I don't see you going out there (in a neighborhood as dangerous as Compton) and risking your life every day to protect and serve the crack heads and prostitutes, and the few law abiding good people in that community. Give the cops a break.....they were doing their job and their very human, phsyiological influences got the better of them. They did what they had to do given the situation. Yes, they made mistakes, but shi# happens.
Sorry if I come across as harsh, but I get sick and tired of people throwing armchair comments and critiquing a situation that they have absolutely no idea about!