Sunday, November 13, 2016

Unnecessary dangers

CHARLOTTE NC NOV 13 2016 A Hamilton County Ohio judge declared a mistrial after a jury said it was deadlocked Saturday in the case of a white former police officer charged with murder in the fatal traffic stop shooting of an unarmed black motorist. The Hamilton County jury had deliberated some 25 hours after getting the case at noontime Wednesday following Judge Megan Shanahan's instructions. University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing shot 43-year-old Sam DuBose in the head after pulling him over for a missing front license plate on July 19, 2015. Tensing, 26, testified he feared he was going to be killed when his arm was stuck in DuBose's car after he tried to stop him from driving away by grabbing the car keys. Private security officers have found themselves in similar situations in recent years after using deadly force when drivers have attempted to flee while the security officer either tried to remove the keys from the ignition or who stood in front of or behind the vehicle to prevent it from leaving. Placing yourself inside a vehicle to remove keys, weapons or contraband clearly puts you in a vulnerable position, exposing your torso and head while comprising your firearm and putting you on the defensive while trying to concentrate on your goal of confiscating items. In doing this, you unnecessarily expose yourself, your weapon and your safety causing situations that often escalate and turn deadly when the driver refuses to cooperate, hand over items or attempts to flee thus putting your safety and the safety of others in question. Positioning yourself in front of or behind a vehicle in an attempt to stop the driver from fleeing is equally unreasonable and unsafe. Many times the goal of drivers especially those who are sometimes impaired by intoxicants or wanted on outstanding charges only have one goal in mind and that is to get the heck out of dodge. Though some situations warrant aggressive measures to stop a dangerous fleeing suspect, most do not and common sense must be your guide.

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