Our safety in the society is dependent on the law-enforcement officers who make sure that these kinds of ppl are kept to a bare minimum ... before they take out their knieves, they should expect some strong "reactions" ...
use stun gun or taser
I have no illusions about how you think and of course, i would even hesitate to even, for a moment consider how you will so skillfully react to the situation, dis-arming the armed subject who has just murdered someone and come out unscathed.
The Police Officer is also human. He too has a family to care for. Would you rather see photos of the wife/parents crying her/their eyes out and then go, "poor thing...". In fact, i would even wager, if the officer was hurt or killed, then we will have the very same arm chair critics asking why wasn't his gun drawn? Or present a whole host of various scenarios to share how wonderful their hind sight can be.
If the officer has to live with the guilt, then at least we can say he can at least feel guilt. I do not think we can say the same for a murderer who decides that just because he wields a knife in a public place, he was do as he damn well please.
The swift decisive action of this officer saved not only his own life but the life of many innocent by-standers who might have been injured, or worse, killed by the knife wielder. He was placed in a situation where he knows he had to make a decision and he had to do it accurately.
He was brave enough to know that he will have to answer for his action and yet, he carried out his duties so that alot of people can go home safely to their loved ones.
Maybe you should have been that Officer. But then again, the story would turn out different.
for the Officer!
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like deadpoet says : "shoot first, ask questions later"
Kudos to the police officer, he did the right thing.
I wonder are taser guns a secondary weapon a officer should carry with them?
They can fire to disable suspects instead of killing, it would be easier for them to draw aim & fire without hesitation and a shorter report to write.
Then again what if 1 guy draws the wrong weapon under pressure and fires! that would be DEADLY.
i read that taser guns had caused deaths(probably unintended) in other countries. but mha said that the risk is low.
when i first heard the news, the very first thing that came across my mind was "why he didnt shoot the legs?"
then i read on, 15cm knife and within 3 metres range, a distance that the man can close in within how many secs are we talking about ? to draw a gun, aim at butt/leg/hand ... ??
yeah the police officer should have done this akido or jacky cheung style but in reality, it is probably the best thing to do in the worst situation. i think if the police officer had died instead, people would be thinking otherwise : why the police officer didnt pull out his gun ?
lotsa WHYs. i just think the police officer had done what he should have done - protect the public, people like us.
What's done has been done. As long as one can justify his/her actions, we should just accept and move on.
Stun guns has a different effect on different pple. Some may get heart attack when fired upon, while others in the heat of the adrenaline, will not be stopped by the electric shock, they will still be able to charge forward dangerously.
Imho, no one has any business taking a knife and lunging at an armed police officer, the officer has every right not to shoot the leg, dont confuse wat we read in books or see in the movies with real life.