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California to cops – Don’t shoot…ever?

April 5, 2018

Did California just take the first steps toward disarming police?

The ever-unbiased Huffington Post reports that on the heels of the shooting of Stephon Clark, Democrat Assemblyman Kevin McCarty introduced a bill to restrict when police officers can use their weapons, seeking to restrict it to “only when necessary,” that standard apparently to be determined by a bunch of arm-chair quarterbacks.

There doesn’t seem to be a lot of doubt, based only upon the video that has been made public and what the media narrative has been, that the Clark shooting will not be proven to be a good shoot.

The fact that he was shot in the back certainly indicates that he wasn’t threatening the officers when his back was turned to them. (We haven’t heard whether any of the shots also struck him in the front.)

If that’s so, the officers should be fired and charged. The system shouldn’t be slanted to protect cops who use bad judgment or worse.

But to have the ACLU, Black Lives Matter and the other far left elements in the California legislature decide when an officer can shoot is essentially declaring open season on the police, not to mention politicizing police work.

There are already too many areas that cops simply don’t get involved in unless there’s a massacre going on, for fear of being accused of racism. Often those are the areas experiencing the worst black on black or brown on brown crime.

If they now will have to pull out a checklist before they can draw their weapons, those areas are going to increase substantially.

One fact that isn’t particularly noted in most news stories is that if you run from the police when told to stop, you define yourself as a fugitive.

Fugitives tend to do whatever they can to avoid being caught, including shoot at police. In the heat of that moment, it can be pretty hard to decide just what someone is holding in their hand until you see the muzzle flash.

One problem that isn’t being addressed is the constant drumbeat among communities of color that cops become cops because they want a license to kill people, particularly people of color, and thus you are always justified in running from them.

There’s not much point in mentioning that perhaps that narrative, coupled with studies that show an awful lot of violent crime is committed by people of color, might play into the conversation.

Do we need to find some way to stop a fleeing suspect without shooting them? Undeniably that should be part of the conversation too.

Maybe the cops should carry tranquilizer guns as well as lethal weaponry, and shoot the fugitive in the butt with a tranquilizer if they are running away, like an antelope or a zebra.

Of course that also presupposes that criminals will also choose to use non-lethal weapons, but that’s a conversation for another day.

But that isn’t the aim of this proposed California law, not by a long shot.

This is about giving fleeing suspects the first shot, and that isn’t going to make anyone in California safer.

It used to be said that as California goes, so goes the nation.  Lately, the nation is not on board with that idea, and this proposed legislation does nothing to change that perception.

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