Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Police Shooting in Milan

People often ask what's the difference between the U.S. and Italy. It's a difficult question to answer, but every once in a while there's a news story that touches upon it.
"A Tunisian man... who was in a car with his wife and three children tried to smash into the terminal," a security source the airport told AFP.

"He then got out of the car with a knife in his hand and threatened a police officer. The officer tried to calm him," he said.

"When the man threw his knife at the officer, the officer shot him in the foot," the source added.
I'd say that North African man is lucky he didn't try that knife-throwing bit at Dallas/Ft. Worth.

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.


  1. Sounds like the cop was a pretty poor shot. The foot is nowhere near the heart or head. Or did the knife thrower happen to have his foot in the mouth?

  2. Mikeb30200:

    How many times did the cop have to reload? If he had been using a fully automatic weapon he coulda shot the guy's feet OFF! That would have made it much harder for the perp to run away!

    It's always better. though, to go for center mass or a headshot, just in case the person is, y'know, crazy or some pharmacy gave them the wrong meds that are causing a reaction. Nothing says, "Case closed", like a body bag.

  3. A buddy of mine has a brother in the state police and says that cops are trained to do two shots in the chest and one in the head.

  4. As long as he had a 10 round magazine, everything is fine.

  5. So who would be to blame if the shot aimed by the police officer at this guy's foot bounces off the ground and instead hits a bystander? Or what if after being shot in the foot the crazy guy pulls a gun or another knife and kills the cop or someone else? Would the police be in the clear then?

  6. This story smacks of propaganda to instill fear for all the Tunisian immigrants fleeing their country. What mostly happened is that the cop accidentally discharged his weapon. Mikeb302000 forgot to inform his audience that Italian newspapers receive over 230 million dollars a year from the government. Understanding that the anti immigrant Lega Nord and xenophobic People's Liberation Party , the party of Silvio Berlusconi have strongholds in Milano, the story looks more and more like propaganda. I would agree that you have less of a chance of getting shot by an Italian cop in Italy. More likely to get killed by an American military member driving drunk in Italy or some fly boy from Aviano air base going under a ski gondola like in the early 1990s. That little stunt by an amwerican fly boy killed 20 people.
    BTW-A Marine Corps pilot whose plane severed gondola cables in Italy last year, sending 20 people to their deaths, was acquitted of charges of involuntary homicide and manslaughter today by a court-martial jury that found no negligence, even though the plane was flying lower and faster than rules permitted.

  7. Jim, You wanna play "what if?" What if the guy turns out to be the future father of the guy who finds the cure for cancer, but this cop killed him unnecessarily first.

  8. mike - you are right. "What ifs" are not a valid question. My apologies.