38 year old homeless James Boyd was shot dead by police after drawing two two and a half inch knives on police. The shooting has been greatly debated ever since video footage of the incident was released. There is a lot of discussion on whether the shooting was warranted or not. I can personally see both sides of the argument but I really don’t know how I feel about this. On one hand I hate to see any loss of human life on the other I realize the police must protect themselves. Any way here are some points on each side.
Warranted: The man pulled a weapon and was only 8 feet away from an unarmed officer, the man was unresponsive to all attempts at conversation and submission, the man was mentally ill and therefore unpredictable, the man had previously threatened the officer’s life, and there was clearly no malice from the officers
Unwarranted: The man was mentally ill he really didn’t know what he was doing, the main seemed to be attempting to leave peacefully when police engaged with force, the man was clearly outnumbered and his weapons small, and lethal force should be a last resort only.
What do you think?