Ed calls it Monday morning quarterbacking and I agree, but I have to say I am more than a little uncomfortable with the use of a robot to blow up a man who was somewhat contained and apparently still talking.
This is from CNN so take it with whatever grain of salt you take it. The bold is mine.
The ambush started with gunshots that killed five officers and sent screaming crowds scrambling for cover. It ended when a Dallas police bomb squad robot killed a gunman after negotiations failed…………………As officials condemned the attack, details emerged about the man who died after a lengthy standoff with police in a parking garage.
Johnson told police negotiators that he was upset about recent police shootings, that he wanted to kill white people — especially white officers — and that he acted alone, the police chief said.
“We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was,” Brown said. “Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb.”
Johnson had no criminal record or known terror ties, a law enforcement official said.
And Hot Air:
In this case, lethal force was clearly appropriate after hours of attempting to resolve the standoff non-lethally, and the police chose one of their legitimate tools in applying that force.
Again – this is my miscomfort and I am happy I didn’t have to make the call, but basically they blew up a man who was communicating with them from within a parking garage because negotiations failed within a few hours.
We can’t say what normal is as this was extraordinary. I get that the guy confessed. I get that he wanted suicide by cop and the police were done with him. But yes, I am a little uncomfortable with the ability of a government agency being able to act as judge and jury and executioner all in one. I don’t have the answer. A parking garage is pretty open, but starve him out? At least give 48 hours of conversation/negotiations? I don’t know, I wasn’t there and this is Monday morning.
I support the police in Dallas. I walked by a police car in Longmont yesterday and stopped to give thanks and let them know they do a great job here. I have family in law enforcement. I can not imagine. But……principles first.
Is this ok? I am not comfortable with it. You?
Are we moving to this scary world mentioned over at Ace of Spades?
Hot Air comments are mostly on the side of Kill him, kill him good. I think our world is coming apart very quickly now.
I may change my mind as more information comes out.
More information is out, yet I haven’t yet changed my mind about this. 2 hours of talk and lunacy and threats and then a robot bomb. Yes, I’m still uncomfortable with that.