Doesn't the execution of Law Enforcement Officers merit a mention?

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  1. Drifterwood

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    I appreciate that this story hasn't played out, but isn't it shocking enough anymore to get a discussion of what is going on?
     
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    The story out of Washington?
    Discussion about what? The loss of life? Gun control? Violence in America?
     
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    Yeah, i just heard on the news, was it four officers and three civilians?. I heard it was done by one guy, is that correct?
     
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    at least they weren't in a dunkin donuts

    that would not play well in the press
     
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    The open murder of four Police Officers.

    Does this happen so often that :rolleyes:?
     
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    There isn't much info about what happened or the suspect(s) so far, but it is always a shock to read reports about senseless murders.

    As long as we're not comparing to other Western nations, no it does not happen that often.

    However, I was just clarifying. If the plan was to take the discussion into a debate about gun control in the U.S., I would not participate.
     
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    The only people shot were the four police officers. No one else was injured.

    And hello, police officers are civilians. They are not military personnel. We should never use the term, "civilian," when comparing the status of law enforcement agents and private citizens. Doing so implies a specific legal status which law enforcement agents do not, nor should, have.
     
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    I suspect that, when the smoke clears on this, it will all be about some personal vendetta, quite possibly family-related.
     
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    they are looking for a black male. Police say the main suspect is a black male, 5'8"-5'10", medium build, between 25-35, with scruffy facial hair, wearing a black jacket over a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. He was supposedly carrying a handgun, and may or may not have had someone with him.
     
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    Law enforcement officers do have, and should have a specific legal status over civilians. The courts hold far more weight in judgment and time in prison in the death of a cop.Anyone who would kill a police officer,wouldn't think twice about offing a civilian.
     
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    They now have a specific person there calling "Of Interest", and stating on the news that they are aware he knows he's being looked for. Also they said they are sure he knew he could find them there.
     
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    Four RCMP Constables were murdered near Mayerthorpe, Alberta (my home province) just a couple of years ago.
     
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    The U.S. averages about 50 law enforcement murders per year, the overwhelming majority are committed with guns. Beyond that, I believe well over 500 are assaulted (any injury that does not result in death) each year.

    This was true in 2006ish, I doubt much has changed over the past three years.
     
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    That would mean the life of a police officer is worth more than the life of any other citizen and that's simply not so. The law applies equally to all of us.

    I'm not sure anyone who would shoot a police officer would shoot someone else. The guy they're looking for in this case left three unmolested witnesses. Strictly speaking from a murderer's point of view, that wasn't a smart move.
     
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    They have a well-established informal system of taking care of their own. :wink:

    This cop-killer is going down... hard.
     
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    Yes, I'm sadly aware of this.
     
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    It seems that the suspect had a very long history of crime and was quite possibly mentally unsound (I think that's fairly evident given this crime, assuming he committed it). He never should have been walking the streets.

    Again assuming he did it, it is truly sad that it took the deaths of these officers for the system to figure this one out and makes one wonder how many other mentally unsound/criminally insane people are slipping through the cracks.
     
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    We just had an inquest into the murder of a priest by a guy with very serious and known mental health issues.

    If your figures are right, Shady, I have to say that 50 officers being murdered a year is shocking from my experience in the UK. It is still so rare here that I wouldn't like to try to put an annual figure on it.

    National Police Memorial Roll for Great Britain

    This is a list of those who lost their lives in the course of their duty, rather than being murdered.
     
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    Thank you! I have been wondering this all weekend, instead of dwelling on whether Tiger Wood's wife did or did not cold cock him the idea that this man was released to the public under Mike Huckabee's watch in Arkansas needs some attention. I am non plussed by the whole situation.
     
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