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Fatal shooting shows cops are ill-trained

2014-07-25T00:00:00Z 2014-07-25T08:55:04Z Fatal shooting shows cops are ill-trained The Billings Gazette
July 25, 2014 12:00 am

Before the city of Billings hires more policemen, they should properly train the ones they have. From my knowledge of life and the TV show, "Cops", when the cops encounter someone who is considered dangerous, they do a felony stop. This is calling for backup, staying at their patrol car and calling the suspect out — at gunpoint. You know, back up, get down on your face. And by now, usually there is more than one gun pointing at the suspect. They do this in Billings when they stop someone with fictitious plates.

Now, the story I am referring to concerns a man who, with a firearm, robs a guy and shoots him. They know who he is. He has a gun and the manhunt is on. In the dark of the night, in the backseat, he is recognized by this officer. The officer supposedly calls for backup, then pulls the backdoor open and 32 seconds later shoots the suspect. No, he does not have a weapon. I believe this officer is a very scared person, whose answer is shooting his gun.

They are to use equal force — not deadly force in such a situation. This reflects on the BPD chief and shows that condoning this officer not following rules is fine. Imagine, years as a cop, becoming the chief and still not knowing the proper procedure. I do not want this officer on the street. What if I was lucky number three on his hit list? Run a yellow light, pulled over, hiccup. I wonder how many shots that is worth?

Wayde Carlson


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