Once upon a time, the Police were all big strong Men. A 15 year old kid with 2 knives would have been knocked flat without rustling a hair. Since "equal opportunity and political correctness" came in, all we have is short, weak, mentally defective dregs. If they are not dealing drugs, stealing, breaking windows, extorting and robbing, they are trigger happy.
3 of the 4 shot him, the 4th ones gun must have jammed. Sorry no tasers here, only the SOG have them,
The SOG have that plastic armour that defeats knives, they could have called for them. They might be trigger happy, but they are pretty honest, they dont let the psychos get in the SOG.
Below is one report. Now they say he was a member of some redneck group. I expect by the end of the weekend, the Police will have him "obsessed with guns and violence, addicted to violent computer games, high on ice and with a long criminal history".
I just dont believe that any other police force would be forced to shoot a kid in a carpark who was outnumbered 4 to 1 and at best, a scrawny kid.
Now the coppers will say that they are "trained to shoot as the greatest mass to stop, NOT KILL the threat" yer yer heard it all before. Problem is these idiots are told that if a certain situation develops, your life is in danger shoot, not taught how to assess if it actually is in danger. Anyways, they are all nutters now, so I dont spose it matters.
In the last 20 years, my state, not the largest opoulation killed 42, in NSW, they shot 20 and all the other states are in single figures. So I am lucky to have the trigger happy theiving drug dealing ones here. BTW even the head of our Federal Police Anti Drug bizzo was caught in our largest drug bust, up to his neck in pills, so it goes all the way to the top.
I better go register the dogs.
The family and friends of the 15-year-old boy shot by police in the inner-east Melbourne suburb of Northcote last night say they are appalled by the actions of the officers involved.
Tyler Cassidy was shot multiple times by three police officers after he allegedly threatened them with two large knives.
In a statement released this afternoon, his family and friends said the four officers concerned acted unacceptably, and their lack of negotiation skills contributed to his death.
The statement says Tyler Cassidy "died alone, without his family by his side, gasping his last breath, he was only a scared little boy."
"The lack of negotiating skills at the scene of the shooting, contributed to the untimely death of our beautiful 15-year-old," the statement reads.
"The Northcote police were notified 30 minutes prior to the killing, and briefed completely on what had happened, including what he was wearing, and to look out for Tyler.
"The police according to our witnesses chased him, cornered him at the skate park in Northcote, he was surrounded and gunned down by four officers firing at least six or seven shots.
"Our eyewitness confirmed that Tyler patted her dog, was confronted by the police and sprayed with capsicum foam, then pursued to the skate park, surrounded and hunted down."
Tyler Cassidy's mother Shani says she will fight for justice in the case.
"I promise you my darling, I will fight for you as you were taken from me under the most horrific circumstances," she said.
"Why was he slayed [sic] to death when it was so unnecessary? Four officers were not capable of managing the situation? Now you have passed over I will speak for you and others like you."
The family says it is looking forward to a "serious and thorough investigation and inquest into why Tyler was killed."
Victoria Police's Ethical Standards unit is investigating the shooting.
Earlier today Assistant Commissioner Tim Cartwright said officers acted correctly and rejected suggestions that they had been "trigger-happy."
"It's a young man who is very agitated and seems to be looking for a confrontation," he said.
"He's saying things like threatening to kill police, and kill himself.
"They've tried to talk him down, he doesn't drop the knives. One of the members sprays him with foam, that has no effect, he runs off to a skate park close by, police again confront him, keeping a safe distance, they are again calling on him to put the weapons down, he's still saying 'I'm going to hurt myself, I'm going to hurt you'."
"We've tried foam again, to no effect, he starts to move towards police, still very agitated, still armed with knives.
"One of the members then fired a warning shot, again he just kept coming, and then three of the four members shot at him, striking him, and he died soon afterwards.
"At the end of the day one of our member's lives was at risk from what we can tell, three members have then seen fit to defend that member and open fire.
"There was a suggestion that he [the officer] backed off, and came to stairs where he couldn't back off any further. Again I don't have the full facts, but that's the initial report that I've had."