From the blog Dr. Chuck Speaks, written by Keystone Progress board member Dr. Chuck Williams:
According to published reports, a 59-year old homeless man, apparently mentally ill, was fatally shot, killed by police officers responding to concerns about the man calling 911 repeatedly. Details are still forthcoming, however, what is known is that the man would not stop dialing 911, even when officers arrived at the scene; this obviously annoyed the officers. He was told to stop calling, at which point he pulls a knife and is fatally shot. Now, I am not a law enforcement officer, and I don't claim to know what it’s like to have to deal with life and death matters, regularly. Moreover, I do believe that those who chose such a profession do it out of a sense of altruism and civic duty. The job that they do is tough and they are under paid and underappreciated. However, there is a serious need to do some re-training. These fatal shootings, when there is no evidence of an overwhelming threat to life of the officer (s) or public have to end.
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