Law Enforcement Expert: Police Trained To ‘Match Force With Like Force’


DEIRDRE: WHERE WERE YOU WHEN YOU
HEARD ABOUT THE STEPHON CLARK
SITUATION? MR. MCGINNESS: I WAS IN A RADIO
STATION AND WAS ALERTED TO WHAT
HAD TAKEN PLACE THE NIGHT
BEFORE. YOU WONDER, WHAT WERE THE
CIRCUMSTANCES THAT PROMPTED
DEADLY FORCE ON ACCOUNT OF THE
OFFICER? DEIRDRE: YOU SEE ONE THING, BUT
TO THE PUBLIC IN THIS VIDEO, IT
CREATES A LOT MORE QUESTIONS. MR. MCGINNESS: WHEN YOU SEE WHAT
IS TAKING PLACE, M CLARK
REGRETTABLY DID GIVE COST TO —
DID GIVE CAUSE. DEIRDRE: WHAT CAUSE? MR. MCGINNESS: HE FLED FROM
POLICE — HE WAS BELIEVED TO BE
ON THE ONE POINT WITH — ARMED
WITH A TOOL THAT FACILITATED
THAT ACTIVITY. IS HE TRYING TO FACILITATE HIS
ESCAPE OR GET INTO A HOUSE? WE KNOW HE WAS TRYING GET
INTO THE BACK OF HIS
GRANDPARENT’S HOME. THESE OFFICERS ARE NOT AWARE OF
WHO THEY WERE. PART OF THE RESPONSIBILITY AND
THEIR CONCERN GOES BEYOND MERELY
TRYING TO APPREHEND HIM, BUT
THEY HAVE A CARETAKER-PROTECTOR
ROLE IN SAFEGUARDING THE
RESIDENTS OF THAT HOME. AS YOU HEAR AN OFFICER SAY
“GUN,” THEY RECOGNIZE WHAT THEY
BELIEVE TO BE A GUN. MAYBE IT IS THE MANNER IN WHICH
HE IS CARRYING IT — I DON’T
KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT
QUESTION. THE DIRECTION IS GIVEN FOR HIM
TO SHOW HIS HANDS, AND THERE WAS
NONCOMPLIANT. THE LAW REQUIRE THEY REASONABLY
PERCEIVE AN EMINENT THREAT TO
THEIR SAFETY OR THAT OF SOME
INNOCENT PERSON. THAT IS THE THRESHOLD. THAT IS THE POINT AT WHICH TIME
DEADLY FORCE CAN BE USED. DEIRDRE: ANOTHER QUESTION IS,
WHY NOT USE K9S? ANOTHER IS, WHY NOT USE A TASER
INSTEAD OF A GUN? MR. MCGINNESS: THE BELIEF IS TO
USE FORCE WITH LIKE FORCE. IF THERE IS REASONABLE
PERCEPTION THAT THE SUBJECT IS
ARMED WITH A DEADLY WEAPON AND
CAPABLE AND INCLINED TO U

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