This is very upsetting…less than a month ago a SWAT team in Stockbridge/Henry County responded to a domestic call and ended up shooting the suspect, Ryan Johnson. His family was upset and felt it didn’t need to end up that way (http://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/141474517-story). This morning we read that David Powell, who, unlike Ryan Johnson, was a complete innocent who refused to disarm when the police wrongly entered his property, was shot by Stockbridge/Henry County police and has now died. http://www.wsbradio.com/news/news/local/mistaken-address-case-stockbridge-man-shot-police-/nrdD6/).
Could these just be examples of rogue cops using poor judgment or are police being trained to shoot first, ask questions later? Or was Powell wrong not to put his gun down upon seeing police?
Just like when I talk about public schools, I feel conflicted talking about police–there are teachers and cops in my family and among my friends the vast majority of whom I respect and admire, but I think there’s a problematic trend here in how public servants view and treat the public. I think it’s deliberate, from the top and accelerating. What do you think?