Ballistic analysis if dead and wounded is a given, publicity of the results of that analysis is not such much obvious.
How many places did you hear that 2 of the 9 killed in the recent Dayton shootings were struck by police fire? (There’s that science of ballistics!)The single (local) headline I saw on this subject was so convoluted it pretty well obscured what actually happened regarding friendly LE fire.
I’m in no way arguing that deadly force and heavy LE fire isn’t necessary in a localized situation like Dayton, but mobile fire rolling at high speed is a HUGE risk of collateral and unnecessary death and injury.
That Las Vegas LE dude was firing at the “person being investigated” with both hands while at a high rate of speeding, leaving no hands on the wheel. Now THAT’S “safe” for anyone near that, flying lead rounds be damned.
There was an Orange County, CA incident from May of this year where some trigger happy LE fired 76 shots at a fleeing (by vehicle) “suspect”. 9 hits, 67 rounds that went somewhere else in general traffic.
At least the local Orange County DA got it right on that one by calling the action out as reckless, and firing at least one of the cowboy shooters.
Regarding the Tonto sarcasm, there is 99.8% chance the LE (with driver skill training)has a higher performance vehicle than the perp (100% when perp is driving a US Mail van). PIT him, run him down, run him off the road, wait till he crashes or runs out of gas, use techniques that LE is trained on. Raining fire upon the moving vehicle from half a dozen pursuit vehicles is unnecessary risky for the unfortunately-located innocent.
And the media could be honest on all impacts of the response, whatever they may be.
If any of the friendly fire victims were black, the media would probably say it was racism so there’d be a BLM rally.
Honesty from the media? I heard of that. I think they were striving for it from shortly after Lincoln was shot until FDR died of a stroke. Ever since Dewey beat Truman, however, it’s been downhill.
But I wasn’t being sarcastic about Tonto. What’s needed are Texas Rangers, with or without masks and faithful sidekicks. Serious lawmen who pursues fleeing perps with their heads, not their Glocks.