The shooting of a young man with a knife on the weekend in Toronto just makes me shake my head. Is it possible in 2013, after years of high profile given to “gun-control” that policemen are so out of control? Where do they find these guys?
The story, briefly:
- young man scares people on a bus by displaying a knife,
- passengers and driver evacuate,
- police surround the empty bus,
- the young man has nowhere to go, cannot threaten anyone,
- one or more police officers fire 9 well-aimed shots at close range from outside the bus, 3 shots, a pause and six shots, and
- TaserTM the guy…
See for yourself:
Now, in Canada, a police officer, or anyone else for that matter, is allowed to use lethal force in self-defence or defence of others, but no one was threatened by this guy. Other officers, not the shooters, were walking around the bus without a weapon drawn. Obviously, there was no emergency requiring lethal force. They could have Tasered the guy without shooting him. Once he was shot at least once, he was even less of a threat. Why the overkill?
If there is not prompt discipline delivered to this police officer by his superiors and prosecution under the Criminal Code of Canada, this incident will bring justice into disrepute in Canada, demonstrate clearly that “gun-control” laws don’t work and build a further divide between police and citizens. Without the consent and cooperation of citizens, governments and police forces are tyrannies. I wait and watch.
UPDATE There’s news an officer has been suspended with pay… The injustice continues. One man is dead for no reason and another is rewarded for killing him.