Friday, October 04, 2013

Execution on DC Streets by Peter Van Buren

We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People by Peter Van Buren
Outside America’s non-working Capitol Building yesterday, cops killed an unarmed woman with a baby in her car after the car had crashed and was stationery. When the cops had her stopped the first time, she did not fire any shots or give any indication she had a weapon.

Not that anyone noticed, but cops in the DC area killed another unarmed citizen on Tuesday.

Typical rules of engagement for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan require someone to brandish a weapon before he can be blasted away. Not always followed, but cops in America do not even have the paper restriction. I’ve written elsewhere about making life-and-death decisions in ambiguous wartime situations.

We all know that cops have a dangerous job; they know that too. I know they are scared, dealing with unclear, threatening situations.

But none of that grants them the right to conduct executions on our streets.
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