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  •  To quote Arlo Guthrie... (2+ / 0-)
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    oldpotsmuggler, glitterscale

    "because everybody wanted to be in the newspaper story about it."

    It was a high-speed chase with (reported) gunfire, after all. We forget that the vast majority of a regular beat-cop's job isn't all that exciting, unless you think answering domestic disturbance calls, burglaries, and every other petty crime in the book is exciting. They train for the dangerous situations, so when it looks like one has finally come up they're drawn to it like bees to nectar. That's why 59 cars show up when the communication breaks down and they don't hear the order not to go on; none of them can stand to not be the one who heroically ends the chase and gets the "bad guys". Once that kind of thinking takes over (consciously or unconsciously) other restraint goes out the window, usually taking good judgement with it.

    Add to that the "we protect our own" ethos of most cops (and, let's be honest, most people in general) and it's a situation ripe for drastic and stupid actions. Cops are people who have a natural bent toward not only authoritarian ways of thinking but also the "aggressive protection" mode of thought that leads people to attack those they see as a threat to their own group, often without regard for anything else until they think the "threat" has ended. That's how you get a cop pumping bullets into a dead body; every adrenalin-fueled instinct they have has taken over, with inevitably tragic and usually fatal results for whoever is on the other end regardless of guilt or even involvement.

    Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu The Art of War

    by Stwriley on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 09:14:34 AM PDT

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