Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 | 2 a.m.
In response to John Walsh’s letter, “Baffled by process on police shootings”:
I was an officer for 30 years. As one who has experienced these situations:
• At times officers have a split second to make a life-or-death decision.
• Pepper spray doesn’t always incapacitate a person.
• Tasers are not appropriate measures in certain cases.
• All officers don’t carry rubber bullets.
• Many incidents occur in a house or building out of sight of the vehicle’s dash camera. Officers can’t just drive their cars into the living room to accommodate some people.
• Often by the time you realize the “perp” has a gun, it’s too late.
• Why should we citizens lament the shooting of someone who refuses to comply with simple orders from a police officer?
• Why should we taxpayers foot the bill for families of perps or individuals who refuse, of their own accord, to obey simple commands issued by a police officer?
If Mr. Walsh and others of the same view feel they could reason with an unreasonable person, then they should apply for a position as a police officer.