In the middle of the morning, the 911 calls flooded in reporting a man at busy shopping center frantically waving a butcher knife.
When the officers arrived, the Hispanic man was yelling while holding the knife against his own throat.
The cops stood back and tried to talk the man down.
Hostile crowds started to form and they launched into the usual anti-police rhetoric.
The police did not create the incident, but they were forced to deal with it. They were in a no win situation.
Ignoring the man would leave the public at risk, but to communicate, the officers had to enter the deadly 21 foot range – a distance the untrained public knows nothing about.
The public dismisses the dangers of knives, but cops know the fatality rates of stabbing and shooting victims are similar.
The police were always split seconds behind, forced to play defense as they aimed a mixture of firearms and less-lethal bean bag weapons.
The officers patiently negotiated until he started wildly stabbing himself with the large knife. Continue reading