For the 3rd time in barely over a year, there's been a controversy over "off-duty" officers being involved in shootings in my area. The most recent one here (I only skimmed the article in the Washington Post) involved a group of kids who apparently didn't pay their tab at a Waffle House (or something similar), got chased by an off-duty policeman, and one was fatally shot by him. Some have said that they actually did pay and it was a misunderstanding. Following the investigation, the panel found that the off-duty cop acted rightly, and the teenager "brought this tragedy upon himself." I'm glad that they have decided that a $12 (accidental or intentional) shoplifting is a death-penalty offense which does not warrant a trial. Another incident was an off-duty federal marshal who got road-raged at someone and shot them. Should off-duty officers of any kind be going around shooting people? What occupations should allow their members to be on-duty even when they are off-duty? Does and off-duty cop have the same authority as an on-duty cop? Should an off-duty school principal discipline unruly children at the mall?