Police Group Wants Cops to Fire Warning Shots

One of the realities of law enforcement is that higher-level police brass are typically more interested in protecting their own power and advancing their own careers than they care at all about the realities officers face on the street. That detached and self-serving mindset is probably behind a new recommendation by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (and allegedly some other law enforcement organizations) that law enforcement officers should be allowed to fire warning shots.

Next the bad guys will get 3 free shots before the police can return fire.

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  • mobuyus

    And if he makes it to his front door like abdi in Ottawa he’s home free?

  • GrimmCreeper

    Breaking at least one of the cardinal rules. Keep your finger off the trigger unless you are prepared to kill or destroy something.

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  • Alain

    Very few if any of the “higher level police brass” were ever policemen. They are political hacks and they are responsible for a failing police force. Firing warning shots in urban areas is dangerous and should not be allowed. Stop or I’ll shoot is the most that would be acceptable, and even then in split second decisions could result in a dead or injured cop.

    • Clausewitz

      Boom. “Whats the square root of an irrational number, explain the tenet’s of the BNA Act and their relevancy to the present day Canadian Constitution”. I believe in shooting first and asking questions later.

    • I didn’t think about the danger of warning shots.
      So the first 3 rounds are going to have to be blanks.

  • simus1

    Large police forces are bloated bureaucracies.
    Time they had a big top down haircut so their org charts again resemble an arrowhead’s profile not a mushroom’s.

  • FactsWillOut

    Police Group Wants Cops To Fire At Innocent Passers-By.

    FIFY.

  • KillerMarmot

    And then when police do shoot, they have to, like, wing the alleged criminal in the arm or leg or something. And if a policeman does shoot someone in the head or torso, then we throw the policeman in jail.

    Cause I watch a lot of crime shows on television and so I know about this stuff.

    • “y u dint shot him inna laig?”

      There’s a LiveLeak video of a bad guy getting shot in the leg and bleeding out in about 20 seconds.

  • bargogx1

    I particularly liked the writer’s point about the “entertainment fantasy industry”, because a lot of peoples’ opinion on how cops should conduct themselves in dangerous situations seem to be based on exactly that. And that includes people who should know better.

  • Blacksmith

    So the cop will have to ask the bad guy to stop so he can setup a proper bullet catch so he can safely fire these warning shots without hurting innocent bystanders?

  • Nermal

    A warning shot to the forehead to get his attention, followed by another just in case.