This Saturday in Alaska two people were shot and killed by law enforcement officers and neither victim appears to have had a firearm at the time; although one allegedly had a knife drawn at the time of confrontation.
These types of events are on the rise in America and come after a year when in 2017 there were 987 people shot and killed by our “fatal” police force in America.
The Washington Post has started a database online to track these tragic events and keep a record of how many victims are unarmed at the time of their death.
Last year a shooting occurred in the town of Seward, Alaska in which the victim was already “in custody” and handcuffed in the back seat of the patrol car.
Somehow the dividing Plexiglas between seats was down and the subject crawled over the seat and attempted to move the police car.
The Seward police officer then opened the driver’s front door and fired his automatic pistol multiple times into the chest of the suspect.
Again, this man was handcuffed and unarmed when he was killed.
Warning this video contains disturbing graphic content.
I question the use of this excessive force with unarmed suspects and wonder why tazers are not used more often in these situations?
In this next video, cadets at the Alaska Trooper academy are learning how to use tazers and from this video it looks to be an effective means at stopping an unarmed assailant.
I wonder how much of the training at the academy is aimed at “negotiations” versus the shooting range or “cuff and stuff” protocols?
In the face of our state and nation’s opium epidemic and over all “state of intoxication”, I feel non lethal ways of restraining and subduing suspects are greatly needed.
These victims of police violence are community members, family members and “sentient beings” on our planet. When we hear of multiple police shootings in one day in a state, we wonder if government is advancing towards totalitarianism.
Voices from the past in history teach us that discussion and critical thinking on these subjects is very important.