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Cop attempts to shoot autistic man playing with toy truck in road, shoots black man instead

13 comments

  1. [4]
    LetsTalkAboutDnD
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    I'm not sure why this is on ~news - it happened in July 2016.

    I'm not sure why this is on ~news - it happened in July 2016.

    18 votes
    1. [3]
      Eva
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      =P I saw it on my RSS reader just today. Must have been from a link aggregator or something? I'm not having a great day for posting, ha. ...It'd be incredibly useful to have a feature that allowed...

      =P

      I saw it on my RSS reader just today. Must have been from a link aggregator or something? I'm not having a great day for posting, ha.

      ...It'd be incredibly useful to have a feature that allowed you to move threads to appropriate ~s.

      1 vote
      1. [2]
        Deimos
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        I can move it if you want (to ~misc?), but it might be reasonable to just delete it too. Up to you.

        I can move it if you want (to ~misc?), but it might be reasonable to just delete it too. Up to you.

        7 votes
        1. Eva
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          That'd be great if it won't cause you a tonne of hassle.

          That'd be great if it won't cause you a tonne of hassle.

          2 votes
  2. Eva
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    Kinsey said when he asked the officer why he fired his weapon, the cop responded, “I don’t know.” It seriously reads like something off of The Onion. Life is way stranger than fiction.

    Kinsey said when he asked the officer why he fired his weapon, the cop responded, “I don’t know.”

    It seriously reads like something off of The Onion. Life is way stranger than fiction.

    10 votes
  3. Hypersapien
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    I knew I recognized that story. This is two years old

    I knew I recognized that story. This is two years old

    9 votes
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    ContemplativePanda
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    Ah there we go. Apologies for my comment last time, Eva, I'm sure you can imagine my confusion haha. So this is a clear example of why police need to have bodycams always on, always rolling to...

    Ah there we go. Apologies for my comment last time, Eva, I'm sure you can imagine my confusion haha.

    So this is a clear example of why police need to have bodycams always on, always rolling to some cloud, that must be released in full upon request. The police should be serving and protecting us, and while mistakes do happen it should be clear to see what happened & why and determine if punishments need to be made. Proper training and vetting of officers would also help with these situations to be honest.

    3 votes
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      Eva
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      I absolutely agree! The entire situation's a bit insane overall—and bodycams definitely help everyone at the end of the day. If police do nothing wrong, they're proven innocent; if they do,...

      I absolutely agree! The entire situation's a bit insane overall—and bodycams definitely help everyone at the end of the day. If police do nothing wrong, they're proven innocent; if they do, citizens are protected.

      3 votes
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        ContemplativePanda
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        I still can't fathom why we haven't upped the budget specifically to provide better training and equipment (such as bodycams) to have them always on and monitoring activity. It just seems right to...

        I still can't fathom why we haven't upped the budget specifically to provide better training and equipment (such as bodycams) to have them always on and monitoring activity. It just seems right to protect our citizens AND our cops.

        3 votes
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          Eva
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          There's a certain demographic of people who think that cops should be harsher than they already are, and they tend to fight against budget increases for training+equipment.

          There's a certain demographic of people who think that cops should be harsher than they already are, and they tend to fight against budget increases for training+equipment.

          4 votes
          1. ContemplativePanda
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            I don't think harsh is the right way to go about things. I love (good) cops and what they do. They run into situations that everyone else runs away from. That alone should result in respect for...

            I don't think harsh is the right way to go about things. I love (good) cops and what they do. They run into situations that everyone else runs away from. That alone should result in respect for them. I also understand how incidental situations where shots are fired happens because cops legitimately fear for their lives and its better that they shoot a criminal than be shot themselves. So clear communication of intention to police is always the best so they don't fear for their lives. However, it's situations where there seems to be a clear communication of intention to not hurt the cops that still results in shots fired that baffles me.

            3 votes
    2. [2]
      panic
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      I don’t think body cams are the answer. Look at this situation, for example: we have video, they know who the officer is, but they still won’t even release his name, let alone fire him. The...

      I don’t think body cams are the answer. Look at this situation, for example: we have video, they know who the officer is, but they still won’t even release his name, let alone fire him. The problem is the lack of accountability. The system is designed to protect the “bad apples” when it should be removing them from duty.

      3 votes
      1. ContemplativePanda
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        There needs to be accountability along with the cameras. But that's an administrative problem not a tech problem

        There needs to be accountability along with the cameras. But that's an administrative problem not a tech problem

        1 vote