Friday, 28 September 2007

It Was in His Self-Defence, Though

There has been a lot of debate about the recent police incident in which a police officer in Christchurch fatally shot a man threatening him with a hammer.

Sad as that is, the police officer had the right to shoot him, as the man with the hammer (Stephen Bellingham) was threatening the officer. The officer undertook several cautions before firing the fatal shot, but none of them were successful. The officer was simply protecting his life, liberty and property.

Also, he is a policeman. The police routinely put themselves in harm's way to protect the general public, and undertake dangerous activities that no one in their right mind would choose to do, but their job-which was their personal choice-compels them to. Police voluntarily put themselves in harm's way for the good of me, you and the whole of NZ.

The incident also proves a good argument for tasers. Tasers are ideal for the police, as they can effectively take out a criminal whilst not killing him, and police don't have to go through situations like this.

And as I say:
"better a dead criminal than a dead policeman".

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