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"So. Our ancestors clawed their way out of the caves, fought behemoths with their bare hands; survived earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, meteor showers and plagues, all so their descendents could sit on the road and wail."
- Pundita

Sunday, February 23, 2003
Eeeh. Glad I don't live in Apple Valley. I certainly wouldn't want to have to interact with that officer. He fucked up. He chose to employ deadly force in a situation that did not warrant it. If he had been a civilian he would be in jail. Instead he's on the street "protecting and serving."
This is a nude teenager shot in the back in the middle of the street. Please explain to me how that scenario fulfills the criteria for justified use of deadly force.

Ability: The officer was armed and in a moving vehicle, he claims the kid grabbed for his gun. Regardless of whether he did, the kid did not have a gun or any other weapon at the point the officer shot him. In addition he was naked and in the street. A reasonable person would not fear that he was armed or going for a weapon when he stumbled. Finally there was a physical barrier between the officer and the kid.
Opportunity: The kid may have grabbed at the officer's gun but he didn't get it. He was obviously unarmed (naked.) There was a physical barrier between the cop and the kid. The kid either had his back to the cop at the point that the cop fired or was actually facedown on the ground.
Jeopardy/ Intent: These circumstances do not fill the requirements for immediate jeopardy of death or grave bodily harm. The officer must have had a reason to believe that the kid had the immediate ability and intent to kill or maim him. There is no explanation offered by either party that would fill those requirements.

posted by Rachel 2/23/2003
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Oh for Fuck sake. High school students are
idiots. There are probably only a dozen that actually care about war. The rest are just glad to have a trendy sophisticated reason to walk out of school, while gaining an air of moral superiority. Walkouts are only a valid form of protest if whatever you're protesting is within the power of teachers or administrators to change.

posted by Rachel 2/23/2003
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