Po­lice shoot­ings

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - OPINION -

The motto of most po­lice de­part­ments is to pro­tect and serve. Sev­eral fa­tal ac­tions of late ques­tion the testos­terone level of our po­lice. Philadel­phia SWAT team shoots and kills a home­owner dur­ing a search for a rel­a­tive near Dor­ney Park. In Penn­syl­va­nia an un­armed man shot 5 times and killed walk­ing to­ward a po­lice of­fi­cer. An­other home­owner shot and killed in­side his res­i­dence af­ter killing an in­truder. We all have wit­nessed lively po­lice shows on ca­ble where sus­pects give up and are tack­led to the ground by NFL-like cops un­nec­es­sar­ily. Fi­nally, why are most shoot­ing vic­tims of po­lice shot mul­ti­ple times? Isn’t shoot to wound an op­tion any­more? While I sup­port our po­lice, I’m con­cerned. We’re all vul­ner­a­ble to th­ese cops on steroids.

— Hands Up

Po­lice train to shoot center mass, that’s why shoot to wound isn’t a thing. I don’t know why that means empty the clip, though.

— Ed Note

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