Sunday, July 31, 2011

Aurora Colorado Police and Their License to Kill

It was the fifth fatal shooting by Aurora officers this year. Officers were cleared by district attorneys in the previous four cases.
Life must be good out there in Aurora. Can you imagine if someone reported such a thing to the Chicago or Baltimore police. The incident was little more than a squabble over lost keys and a greedy guy who wanted to make a couple quick bucks. But in Aurora, the quick-drawing cops come to the rescue even over such mundane matters.

Then, as often happens, the good-samaritan cop found himself facing THAT decision. Did he do the right thing? No, I don't think so. The scammin' key-finder got defensive, of course, he got physical, he supposedly "reached for a knife," and then he got dead.

Under-trained and ill-prepared cops are to blame for the frequency of these incidents in which petty criminals end up dead. Something could be done about it, on TTAG I read an interesting discussion about how much training cops should have. Here's my contribution.

About the training, I say every work day, one hour. Some of that can be practicing techniques like someone said above and some of it can be actual shooting.
Just like anyone else who wants to carry a gun, they need to be practiced and qualified, even more so since, as cops, that’s their job.

What's your opinion? Shouldn't the police invest more time in training their people than they do in covering up their mistakes?

Please leave a comment.


  1. They don't need practice shooting - they obviously get enough of that. What they need is practice talking people out of unstable situations without using, or referring to, their weapons.

  2. This is what badges with guns do. Plus there are plenty black people out there as well. Denver is worse. Of course the cops get off free 99% of the time. It's a license to kill. That's why I don't go near these bastards because they can kill you and don't need a reason to do so.

  3. One Fly, Maybe you should carry a gun to protect yourself. It's your right.