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Xiphias Gladiusxiphias on December 5th, 2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
Compare and contrast with Iceland, in which, for the first time EVER, police have killed someone -- after attempting to talk him down, tear-gassing his apartment, and trying to take him down non-fatally, which got two officers shot. Because in Iceland, the police are willing to risk their own lives to protect others.

Only AFTER he shot two officers were they willing to bring in armed officers to respond. And they're now having a national day of mourning for him.

Because SOME countries VALUE their people.
Johnjohnpalmer on December 6th, 2013 04:29 am (UTC)
That bit - about police being willing to risk their lives to protect others - is something that keeps bugging me about the US.

No one wants to see a cop shot down. But if there's a choice between getting shot because you were too slow to draw, or killing a harmless person because you were too fast, a good cop should want it to be the former. Sure, they found fight like hell *not* to let it be the former, but if *one* is going to happen, the job is *supposed* to be "putting your life on the line to protect others" - not putting other people's lives on the line to protect you.