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There will be no charges laid against police who shot and killed itinerant Mario Hamel and passerby Patrick Limoges in the early hours of June 9, 2011.
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In other news, the sky is blue, politicians lie, and water’s wet. Do you have a link to any police killing in Montreal’s recent history that resulted in charges laid?
The bystander getting killed by the ricochet is a one in a billion freak accident. As far as the knife-wielding crazy guy…what can you do? Let them go on their way? Shoot them with a tranquilizer dart? Throw a net over them? I don’t see how you can tell police officers that they have to engage in hand to hand combat with crazy people holding knives. Does anyone really think these cops deserved to go to prison for this?
Why not tranquilizer darts? If we can use those on animals, is there any ethical reason on earth why it’s better to use ordnance on people?
Jailing those cops would send an unmistakable message to the rest of the service that it’s very, very important to find other solutions to problems before pulling your gun. Yes, even potentially dangerous problems. Police need to know they are not above the law themselves.
But I would be happy to know that they had to go back for some period of intensive retraining AND that the SPVM was working hard on providing them with better tools – physical tools as well as psychological ones – to respond to fear and stress and people with mental illnesses.
We’ve seen our cops kill two guys with mental troubles within the last year. They get away with it. That’s not a trend I want to see.
I agree that the police should have more non-lethal tools. There has got to be a way to disarm someone without killing them. Why don’t they ever shoot anyone in the leg? I can’t find a detailed description of the incident in English but the article I read does say they pepper sprayed him first. I guess Montreal cops don’t carry Tazers? I imagine they told the enraged, crazy, pepper sprayed guy to drop the knife and he took a couple of steps toward the officers. Thats all it takes. But you can’t imprison Police officers for failing to use tools that they have not been given.
I hope the family of the bystander that was killed are being taken care of financially.
Not that I’ve ever held a gun, but it takes a phenomenal amount of training to deliberately hit someone other than the chest.
The only place you see people deliberately shooting for (and hitting!) a leg is in Hollywood.
Where are their freaking tasers? Do they only use those to kill innocent people once they are already down?
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