Armed civilians shoot and kill more bad guys than police do. That said, police are civilians too. As washingtonpost.com reports – with malice aforethought – police shoot and kill plenty of bad guys. And, sometimes, not-so-bad guys. And bad guys that, perhaps, could’ve been apprehended without ballistic perforation. As a journalist, skepticism is my middle name. But I know that . . .
most officer-involved shootings (OIS) are “good shoots.” A good percentage of the “bad ones” are excusable, given exigent circumstances and human nature. All I ask for is transparency and accountability.
Anyway, it’s clear that the public and media view of OIS has changed radically in the last few months. Post-Ferguson, post-Balitimore, every police shooting of a minority is now a potential powder keg. The “people” are antagonistic, the media is atavistic and the cops are solipsistic.
In other words, there’s a war between the police and the public. Isn’t there?