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Readers Blog: Calling The Kettle Black

Are Milwaukee Cops Trigger Happy?

By Troy Sparks

Nine people have been shot by Milwaukee police officers this year.  Some of them were justified through self defense.

Most, if not all of them were black.  They have no respect for law enforcement when they shoot at cops or lunge at them with a knife.  In those situations, if the officers fear for their lives, I'd say that shooting to slow them down is fair.  Killing suspects who are attacking them aren't. 

The latest suspect shot by a Milwaukee police officer wasn't justified, especially if the man he shot embarassed him in a one-on-one struggle.

According to the Journal-Sentinel, an officer saw the man coming over the fence after he took some items from a scrap yard in the inner city.  The cop, according to the story, didn't call for backup.  Guess he was trying to solve the crime himself.

It would've made sense if the cop called for some help.  Instead, he wanted to be the hero.  He must have been watching too many police drama shows on TV.

When the officer followed the man around the corner from the scrap yard and questioned him, he didn't know what the man was capable of doing.

Obviously, the tables turned on the officer when he tried to put the man in the squad car.  Then the man ripped his badge and radio off from his shirt.  The cop then realized that he bit off more than he could chew.

The suspect got the best of the cop, and he got shot.  Now he is lying in the hospital in critical condition.

What was wrong with calling for help?  The incident happened at N. 30th and W. Concordia Sts.  The nearest police station is on 37th and Fond du Lac, just a short ride to the scene.

There were plenty of people around who heard the shot from the cop's gun in the neighborhoood.  You know what they think:  Another white cop shooting an innocent black man.

Is it really neccessary to shoot a guy who stole some scraps from the yard?  There's not much cash that the man can make trying to sell junk.

Now you have a man in the hospital, and the taxpayers will have to foot the bill.  I'm guessing that he has no health insurance or working a job.  Otherwise, he would have no need to steal junk from a scrap yard.

This wasn't an situation where the officer feared for his life, according to the statement.  It's an example of Shaft trying to take down the bad guy by himself and makes himself look good at the same time.  Can we all say, dumb cop?  Next time get some backup.

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sandstorm | July 21, 2011 at 7:30 a.m. (report)

i wonder if the "victim" would have waited politely at the top of the fence for police back up to arrive.

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T15 | July 20, 2011 at 2:47 p.m. (report)

"There were plenty of people around who heard the shot from the cop's gun in the neighborhoood. You know what they think: Another white cop shooting an innocent black man."

So you're saying every time people in the hood hear a gun shot they think it's a white cop shooting a innoccent black man? RIGHT
I say shoot to kill next time. Every time there's a shooting in the hood I think it's a good thing. Let the criminals kill each other off. One less criminal on the street.

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