If a State, County or City, because of their political beliefs, fails to enforce the law…lawlessness is ALWAYS the result!
I am not surprised of the resulting lawlessness after what may well be an illegal act of a few lawmen.
I am surprised at the continued use of an extreme, choke hold, on an apparently, submitted subject. I am not surprised that it resulted in a death. I am not surprised; at the resulting rioting in a black neighborhood, against innocent, black, honest citizens and their businesses… in an extremely left State, extremely left City and extremely Democrat led failure to enforce the freaking law!! You folks who keep electing incompetent, Democrat leaders whose only agenda is to replace our President, are getting what you deserve for leaders…do nothing… if it’s okay take credit if it turns to crap…blame a Republican. That’s the leadership that exists in every single Democrat led State and they are all in big financial trouble… but not one Republican led State is in trouble!?
On the use of a choke hold…I was the head Firearms and DT (Defensive Tactics) Instructor for my FBI Division. I did not teach the choke hold to either FBI Agents or Police Officers. I demonstrated the choke hold…explained that it is “the use of deadly force” … and it can be used, if not prohibited by their Agency…just like you can shoot to kill when necessary…to save a life.
I didn’t teach it because, in my opinion, it required a skill factor that required more training than we could provide, in the time allotted for any DT training. We dedicated many weeks to the use of handguns, rifles and shot guns for the proficiency in the use of deadly force and a single week for DTs covering every aspect of handcuffing, control, disarming, self-protection, extraction from a vehicle and on and on and …oh yea, choke holds…not nearly enough time.
I used a choke hold once in my entire career of some 3 decades working the FBI’s Violent Crimes Program. That was after exchanging shots with and during the arrest, of an extremely tough, bad guy, who decked my partner twice, took a hostage (12 year old little girl), after I shot back. We ended up in a “fight for survival” where I knocked him out with an “extreme” choke hold. He never stopped fighting…until he was out cold!
That was extreme, justified and legal even if he had not survived the fight…that’s how extreme the situation must be in my opinion, before the use of a gun or choke hold (deadly force) can be used…in my opinion.
So, is the use of deadly force allowed…justified…absolutely…but you had better be ready to explain how you were protecting yourself or somebody else!
With the limited information, and needless to say, the lack of the MSM displaying the entire videos and all that led up to the unfortunate death...no one should say who was at fault until there is a Grand Jury Hearing and Grand Jury verdict … True Bill or No Bill.
Being a lawman is unlike anything else in the world. In war a soldier has rules of engagement on whether to kill or not. Lawmen are not allowed to toss in a hand grenade to clear a room…soldiers are. Extreme? Not at all…being that a Police Officer is less likely to be shot, sniped or IED’d than a soldier is good… but his “Rules of Engagement” are much less clear, not well defined! He truly has to make his own Rules of Engagement as he moves down that street!
We must, because of the dangers our Police, Lawmen face daily…we must… give them the benefit of doubt…no matter how tough that may be. I personally have been pulled out of FBI cars looking down the barrel of a 12 gage shotgun held by a Police Officer, more than once, during critical FBI surveillances, because of mistakes made, mostly due to a lack of communication, with no one person to blame…it’s a “mistake”! Stuff happens!
Unlike Obama and Erick Holder…President Trump does have the backs of his lawmen and I believe he will continue to do so! Just let the other lawmen do their jobs…and don’t think burning down buildings and looting are allowed because it’s blacks harming blacks…all black lives and black businesses do matter, but scum, any color, like those arsonists and looters…don’t!
J.Gary DiLaura, FBI RED
Retired, Extremely Dangerous!