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Tacoma police officer drives SUV into group of pedestrians

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    spit-evil-olive-tips
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    Video. Extremely disturbing. Statement from Tacoma PD is the utterly predictable "he feared for his safety" bullshit.

    Video. Extremely disturbing.

    Statement from Tacoma PD is the utterly predictable "he feared for his safety" bullshit.

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        Wrongdoing does not justify it. He floored it through a group of people. They're not going to be able to overpower a car, there was no advantage running over people vs moving slowly enough for...

        Wrongdoing does not justify it. He floored it through a group of people. They're not going to be able to overpower a car, there was no advantage running over people vs moving slowly enough for them to move out of the way.

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      2. JamesTeaKirk
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        I think we can expect better judgement from the enforcers of law, no? No one (obviously, I hope) deserved to be murdered here and yet the officer chose the deadliest possible option in this...

        I think we can expect better judgement from the enforcers of law, no? No one (obviously, I hope) deserved to be murdered here and yet the officer chose the deadliest possible option in this scenario. If I "feared for my life" in this scenario, I would have been backing up immediately. I would also expect that I'd be catching a manslaughter and/or attempted murder charge if I decided to run a crowd of people down, but that's only because I'm not an elevated citizen (LEO).

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      3. cfabbro
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        There are two videos in that twitter thread, and they both clearly show that people didn't "encircle" the police vehicle. Everyone appears to be directly in front or to the side of it. And it also...

        What would you do if a crowd encircled your car like that?

        There are two videos in that twitter thread, and they both clearly show that people didn't "encircle" the police vehicle. Everyone appears to be directly in front or to the side of it. And it also appears that the officer even started reversing initially (which is what they should have kept doing IMO), before they suddenly decided to gun it forward, and run over a bunch of people instead.

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      4. TheJorro
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        This is very disassociated language to refer to a police officer, who was clearly not encircled or surrounded, choosing to cause mass injury and death instead of retreating and calling for back up...

        Police patrol leaves by force

        This is very disassociated language to refer to a police officer, who was clearly not encircled or surrounded, choosing to cause mass injury and death instead of retreating and calling for back up as is actual proper police procedure. This is the kind of statement and language I would expect a police union to put out to protect their
        officers from their blatant crimes. This is a doublespeak way to refer to a conscious choice to cause mass injury or death.

        It also isn't a real concept at all. There's no such situation as "leaving by force". Not a single police department has a policy or procedure wherein any one officer can act as an agent of mass injury or death, even when subduing of controlling a group of people.

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