I read this article today in utter disbelief. I am very well aware of the fact that police officers are not always the “good guys”, but this went beyond what anyone could have imagined, in my opinion. To make matters worse, I read through the first several comments, only to find an anonymous comment that insisted that the jobs of police officers is NOT to protect and serve, just to enforce the law. This further infuriated me on so many levels!
First of all, this officer’s response to the situation was just ridiculous. By no means should this barely 18 year old boy suffering from a schizophrenic episode should have been SHOT AND KILLED while on the ground, and after being Tased. According to the report, the kid only weighed about 90lbs. I can not believe that, while being held down by two officers of the law & after having a Taser used on him, that this guy was able to create a violent enough situation to constitute being shot. Of course, the last words uttered by the officer who shot him were, “We don’t have time for this.” Well, that is CERTAINLY good to know! Apparently, if a situation is not contained in a certain time frame by this officer, someone will be shot. I guess that solves the time crunch. ??
Second, officers are trained to respond to various types of conflict, including those regarding individuals with mental illnesses. There are different procedures that must be used, in most cases. I am fairly certain that none of them entail shooting someone who is already on the ground, and being held down by other officers. If these officers were not familiar with how to deal with a mental health call, they should have requested back-up from other officers who were. This shooting was unnecessary, and will haunt this family for the rest of their lives. Could you imagine watching your son being shot by an officer of the law?
The other thing that really, really got to me, aside from the obvious, was this comment that the police are not supposed to “protect and serve”, just enforce laws. If that isn’t an outright example of either stupidity, or ignorance on that person’s behalf, then I don’t know what is. Part of their oath actually swears them to do just that. Just because they don’t always remember that oath, or uphold it, does not mean that it is not still their JOB to do so. In fact, in many localities, it is even painted on the police cars.
This case bothered me quite a bit, as I mentioned. I have a friend who suffers from schizophrenia, and I can not imagine him being shot and killed for having an episode related to his illness. There are other ways to handle the situation. He is a lot bigger than 90 pounds, and has yet to have been brutalized, in any way, by professionals who have had to deal with him during any of his episodes. Not that he had very many, but the fact is that people with this illness are subject to these bouts. Sometimes, the medications stop working properly. Other times, the medications work so well, that the patient feels that they no longer need to take them. I’m not giving them free reign to do as they please, but they do need to be handled in a fair, and just manner when confronted by law officers, or health care professionals. If force needs to be used to subdue the person, then by all means, use force. But use it in a reasonable manner. There is no reason why an officer should get away with shooting someone who is not carrying a lethal weapon, or attacking them relentlessly. I am quite sure that had a citizen done this, they would be arrested, and jailed without question. This officer gets paid vacation from work. Seem unfair to anyone else?
I hope you will take the time to read this article, and see what this poor family is going through. The justice system is continuously failing us, and cases like these are just proof of how corrupt things are becoming in the systems that were built to keep us all safe.
The Police officers Oath
I……………………DO SWEAR,, THAT – I WILL WELL AND TRULY SERVE – OUR SOVEREIGN COUNTRY AND STATE – AS A POLICE OFFICER WITHOUT FAVOR OR AFFECTION – MALICE OR ILL-WILL – UNTIL I AM LEGALLY DISCHARGED, THAT I WILL SEE AND CAUSE OUR COMMUNITY’S PEACE TO BE KEPT AND
PRESERVED – AND THAT – I WILL PREVENT TO THE BEST OF MY POWER – ALL OFFENSES AGAINST THAT PEACE – AND THAT – WHILE I CONTINUE TO BE A POLICE OFFICER – I WILL – TO THE BEST OF MY SKILL AND KNOWLEDGE – DISCHARGE ALL THE DUTIES THEREOF – FAITHFULLY – ACCORDING TO LAW.
SO HELP ME GOD.
A sample oath from : http://connect.lawofficer.com/profiles/blogs/police-officers-oath
January 8, 2014 | Categories: ~Just Sayin'...~, ~Random Rants~ | Tags: abuse by police, bad cop, bad officer, bad policeman, corrupt justice, corrupt system, justice for keith, keith wilsey, killed, murder, nc police, nc police deparment, no justice, police, police abusing position, police brutality, police kill, police mistake, police shoot, protect and serve, schizophrenia, schizophrenic unfair treatment, shooting, shot, unfair, unfair cop, unjust, unnecessary, unnecessary shooting, unnecessary violence | Leave a comment