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LAPD fatally shoots man; family calls it unjustified

LAPD fatally shoots man; family calls it unjustified | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An unidentified person shot Monday night by a Los Angeles police officer in the Florence neighborhood has died, authorities said Tuesday.
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How often are the people who are killed by the police mentally challenged or mentally ill? Is there a reason that police cannot identify those whose erratic behavior may be without malice, criminality, or serious drug involvement? In point of fact, do those cops who do shoot (or use lasers on little kids or epileptics) care? It is a sad commentary on what is happening to our nation that the compassion of the cop on the beat has been replaced by the thuggery of the officer in a patrol car. The remedy would include more than just better training; it would mean spending more money on police salaries and the size of forces and stopping the crazy preoccupation with violence that starts with the War on Drugs and its creation of gangs and law enforcement-gang violence. We have convinced those who are there to protect and serve that they are in a struggle to save their own lives.

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Tension spikes over assaults on law enforcement officials

Tension spikes over assaults on law enforcement officials | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Amid high anxiety, federal prosecutor steps away from a case for security reasons, a defense lawyer says.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

We are fast approaching the kind of showdown between the sheriff and the outlaw that marked the old west. Just as in many of those great old Westerns, when the bad guys weren't necessarily outlaws but rather the hands of local cattle barons and bar owners, todays' bad guys are the dupes of the NRA and the gun companies, with some old-time angries thrown in.

Will we end up getting ourselves a bunch of trigger-happy marshals to stop the bad guys? Are we going back to the Old West?

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