Our thoughts Be fair and im­par­tial

The Covington News - - OPINION -

There was an un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent in our com­mu­nity last week where a man for rea­sons un­known at this time was seen in a quiet com­mu­nity wield­ing a sword of some type, ha­rass­ing pass­ing cars and trash cans.

The po­lice were called and, again for rea­sons at this time we or any­one who has seen the story fully know, the 10-year vet­eran CPD of­fi­cer was forced to shoot, and al­most kill the man, in­stead of us­ing another weapon like a Taser.

There has been spec­u­la­tion by many that this was the use of un­due force on a man who ap­par­ently was un­der some kind of men­tal dis­tress.

Af­ter the in­ci­dent the of­fi­cer was placed on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave and the GBI was brought into to in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent.

We have noth­ing but the great­est re­spect for our po­lice of­fi­cers who ev­ery day have to face sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions. Ev­ery day they have to make snap de­ci­sions on pro­tect­ing our com­mu­nity, not know­ing if the person they are deal­ing with is about to cause them bod­ily harm.

Our sug­ges­tion is this: Be­fore you make a de­ci­sion on whether this of­fi­cer made the right de­ci­sion, wait un­til the GBI fin­ishes the in­ves­ti­ga­tion; we feel that in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be fair and im­par­tial.

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