Saturday, August 13, 2016

"They should have shot him in the leg or something"...

(After all, he was only firing his Mac-10 at officers in a crowded public space)

This seems to be a common 'suggestion' as if the options and outcomes of true life and death situations where as clean and simple as the TV Cop Dramas of the 1970's... 

"Thanks to this product, I never missed a shoulder again"...
The quote was almost verbatim from the mother of man who opened fire on police with Mac-10 outside of the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The shooter was able to get off 2 shots out of the 30 round magazine, when Sgt. Christopher Newsom (who was not wearing a vest) was able to defensively cover his heart with his arm and accurately fire 4 shots that provided the opportunity for other officers to subdue the shooter and wrestle the Mac-10 away.

Shoot him in the leg? He was shot 4 times, in the chest, collarbone, and both arms, and still didn't drop the weapon. The situation was exacerbated by his brother entering the fray after shots were fired and possibly before the weapon was secure. 

There are endless training and experiment videos on YouTube and elsewhere about the "21 Foot Rule" and this even seems to make it into pop culture through television shows like "MythBusters" where they found it to be very real.  A bit of media relations has even been able to get the concept covered in local media:

The important thing to remember, and it would be nice if the community realized, is that though a justified shooting will be heartbreaking for the families involved, the results of a lack of training and in some cases a decision not to use lethal force, can be catastrophic...

The video below is an engagement in Nicaragua where the arrest of a single man with a knife ends very badly as he is able to kill an officer and almost kill two others while shots ring out and chaos ensues (starting about the 4 minute mark to the 8 minute mark). 

- JP. 20160813

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

SA Chase, Multiple Shots Fired from Police Motorcycle

Intense 'first person' video posted on the Intelligence Bureau SA Facebook page with the understated caption "Just another day for our Law enforcement members!"