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  •  I understand the purpose for their training. (1+ / 0-)
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    Kill before being killed. But in both of the cases you cited, wouldn't it have been better to shoot those people in the leg? Do they really have to shoot to kill?

    •  They used to shoot people in the leg. (1+ / 0-)
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      Apparently, that's fallen out of fashion.

      The guy with the knife wasn't going to be able to kill anyone.  It wasn't clear whether or not he was even aware that anyone was around him - he was flailing around in his own world shouting, etc.  They probably could have disarmed him with a broom stick.  Anyway, he's dead and just another example of how screwed up the Park Police were (and may still be) in that era.  They were sort of notorious for being the most heavy-handed force in the District for a long time.

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