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Texas - Dallas Police Chief Defends Use Of Robot To Kill Gunman

Published on: July 10, 2016 03:32 PM
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Dallas, TX - The chief of the Dallas Police Department on Sunday vigorously defended the use of a bomb mounted on a robot to kill a gunman who shot to death five officers during a march to protest police violence against blacks.

In taking personal responsibility for approving the plan in the aftermath of Thursday’s shootings, Chief David Brown said he was convinced that any hesitation in giving the go-ahead would have allowed the gunman the chance to harm other officers.

“I approved it and would do it again if presented with same circumstances,” Brown told CNN, referring to the strategy of deploying a bomb-equipped robot into a room where the suspect was holed up after his shooting rampage.

That strategy revived the debate over the militarization of U.S. law enforcement. Police were sharply criticized in 2014 after deploying military-style guns and armor to quell protests against the killing of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

After two hours of fruitless negotiations with the Dallas gunman, Brown asked senior officers to “use their imaginations” to devise a strategy to disable the shooter, later identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, a former U.S. Army Reserve soldier who authorities said embraced black nationalism.

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“He seemed very much in control and very determined to hurt other officers,” said the police chief, who revealed that Johnson taunted negotiators and asked them how many officers he had shot. “Without our actions, he would have, he would have hurt more officers.”

Brown said he stood by his decision but understood why questions have been raised about the use of deadly force against the gunman, rather than opting for a non-lethal method to disable him.

“I appreciate critics but they are not on the ground. And their lives are not at risk,” Brown said.

While stopping short of directly criticizing the decision, New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Sunday said a broad policy discussion should take place before law enforcement resorts to such tactics on a regular basis.

“It is something that needs to be done in a very public way,” Bratton said on ABC’s “This Week” program. “It is the first time that type of action has been initiated here in the United States and it deserves to be reviewed.”

U.S. law enforcement has used remotely controlled devices before to help stop suspects but not to kill anyone, experts say. Such devices are often used by police to dispose of or detonate bombs without risking human life.

A year ago, President Barack Obama banned police departments from using certain military hardware and restricted the use of riot shields and other equipment.

Obama said the ban would encourage trust-building between police and the communities they serve.



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 Jul 10, 2016 at 03:40 PM bennyt Says:

But when the IDF kills a terrorist stabber, shooter or car rammer, the whole world cries "disproportionate" use of force. What a bunch of hipocrites!

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 Jul 10, 2016 at 04:17 PM elyeh Says:

"A year ago, President Barack Obama banned police departments from using certain military hardware and restricted the use of riot shields and other equipment."

And what do we got from this ban? It seems like the rioter are more bold.

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 Jul 10, 2016 at 04:53 PM LionofZion Says:

Chief David Brown, be glad you are in Texas and not Israel. If this was Israel the UN and Amnesty International would be screaming bloody murder about being the judge and jury and killing a man for no good reason.

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 Jul 10, 2016 at 07:23 PM mikeetg Says:

Bunch of foolish armchair critics

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 Jul 10, 2016 at 07:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Will this be the reason for more black protests ? Because the cops had the nerve to kill this "innocent black man" ?

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 Jul 10, 2016 at 07:36 PM Texas_Joe Says:

Congratulations to Commissioner Bratton on a wholly inappropriate comment and underhanded criticism of how Chief Brown brought this carnage to an end. Bratton fits right in with the rest of Di Blasio's boys. You would never hear such Monday morning quarterbacking from Giuliani or any of his administration!

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 Jul 11, 2016 at 08:26 AM Anonymous Says:

"A year ago, President Barack Obama banned police departments from using certain military hardware and restricted the use of riot shields and other equipment.
Obama said the ban would encourage trust-building between police and the communities they serve."

This imbecile makes statements and takes actions that embolden and encourage this jungle mentality and rioting, and he strips law enforcement of the tools they need to do their job. This is a total disgrace. Any politician supporting such thwarted ideas should never be permitted to hold public office.

There is one question worth asking. Is this the most efficient way to eliminate such terrorists (Yes, he is a terrorist)? Is it overkill? Too expensive? Is there a cheaper way to do it while still being of maximum efficiency? But the bimbos are questioning whether it is right? Shame on them.

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