The event,as described, is a version of what we here in the USA refer to as Suicide by Cop. Set up a situation and then agitate the police until someone loses their cool and kills the person. Happens too much, most as a result of inadequately trained police.
1. If the coppers shot him from 13 metres because they were in fear of their lives, then they didn't get any closer than that. Capsicum spray and foam does not work at that distance.
Any air borne behaviour deterent (CS, CN, Pepper Spray, etc) is a close quarters weapon, close enough to almost touch, If the officers never got closter than 13 meters (30 feet) the use of the spray may only be a action to justify the greater action that followed.
2. Why didn't the other two coppers use their sprays?
Probably because they were probably aware that is would be ineffective.
3. Why didn't they use their car to strike him?
Believe it or not, the use of the car would have been considered excessive force whereas the use of their pistols might be justifiable.
4. Why didn't they contain the situation and call for back up?
That's the 64,000 dollar question. Probably because somebody had heroitis.
5. Why didn't they use a fire hose on him?
A good solution, why didn't they call for the fire department and more back up? Heroitis?
6. Why was not one of these coppers intelligent enough to organise a distract and disarm maneuver?
Lack of experience and training pure and simple.
7. If the 4th copper did not shoot, then he/she was obviously not in fear of their life. (corrected see above?)
The 4th officer referred to did the best job of assessing the cituation but once somebody shots it seems like everyone else has to get a shot in too. It's kind of a group justification. The 4th cop, may, instead of being commended for judicial restraint be repremanded for not supporting fellow officers. That 4th officer as the best of the lot and should be put in charge after some more crisis training. Even if one officer was shooting to disable, the fellow officers, once a shot was fired, would naturally shoot to kill.
8. Why were batons not used?
Batons are often considered an outmoded tool and many Police agencies don't even issure or allow their use anymore. It is doudtful that option (probably the best) would have been available.
9. WHY DIDNT THEY PERFORM CPR?
A dead perp tells no tails. In reviewing the situation the dead get little say other than crime scene evidence. That evidence in this type of situation is easily manipulated when it comes down to he said, she said. It's kind of an, Oh, sh**, we've messed up and if the person dies it's easier for us.
10. Why in Gods name, if they teach disarming tactics in the police academy, were non of these coppers prepared to have a go?
Fear and inadequate training. In my training it took hours of going from facing a wooden or plastic knife to facing a real knife and being able to preform the necessary physical motions sufficiently. If you've never trained against a real knife there remains a residual fear of failure and injury. Same thing goes for disarming a man with a gun, until you've done it successfully against a loaded gun several times that fear and doudt remain.
Well I can tell you for a fact, that if some kid had said to me "Call the Police or I will start killing" It would have been over 2 seconds after he said it. I also know for a fact that every bloke I know would have done the same thing. It wouldnt even have been a big deal. That sort of thing happens all the time, people threatening to kill themselves or others, here its usually people not taking anti psychotic medications. We have all heard scanners, its run of the mill.
I heard one bloke, ex copper on the radio saying it was a disgrace. I just hope it doesnt get swept under the carpet like all the others.
As you can tell by now, I'm with the ex-copper who called it a disgrace.
He had also called his mother to tell her that he needed to be locked up.
The boys father, his idol and best mate, had died on December 1 last year. Since then he was all bleeped up. So the poor bastard was just sad, confused and alone and something made him angry that day. Looks like he may have been in a scuffle. Might have won, might have lost, no one to guide him before or after.
Years ago we would have said he was a nutter. Now we all know, almost without having to think about it, that he was just crying for help, seeking attention, reassurance from an authority, begging out for a male role model. Lost and confused, the poor little bastard.
If some copper had put all of this together in real time, as they are trained to do, and was possible at the time, Tyler wouldnt be dead for Xmas.
Here in Skagit County, Washington, we recently had an incident where a mentally ill person went on a rampage killing 6 people, including a deputy sheriff, and wounding 4 more. The underlying reason in that case was the draconian process the state has for classifying a person as dangerously insane. The definition, established by the legislature, requires..."unless the subject possess an immediate and inerent
rish of inflicting death or bodily harm upon themselves or others...." Which means the immediate present, it doesn;t refer to what mental state the person might be in 5 minutes after he's released.
The solutions to cases like these to change mental compentancy laws and police training procedures. But that is going to require the public to become vocal in demanding those changes.
Regardless of the situation, or a persons participation in it, once a shot has been fired it is way too late for any other options.