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I agree with you ORSunshine, but consider the dangerous position that police officers put themselves into every day. Or better still, and as in this case, the dangerous positions WE put them into every day. Would it have been better if they retreated and reassessed? Undoubtedly so. But we don't know all of the circumstances surrounding the case, though it does appear that the officers gave commands which were not followed. We now know, and I suspect the officers wish they knew at the time, that the students didn't speak English well, and they were likely terrified too. I think the take-home message of this case is that we should be happy that the police have stun-guns and other non-lethal means at their disposal and that this particular officer thought enough to use the non-lethal means rather than lethal. I think that people in this case are overlooking the fact that the officer in question clearly did use judgement, and that is why we are all having a discussion about a student who was 'tased', rather than one who was shot.
Again, I still maintain that the landlord should have him/herself exercised some judgement and at least informed the 911 operator that the apartment had recently been rented and perhaps even let them know that the new tenents didn't speak English very well either.
Unfortunate event - yes, undoubtedly. Fortunately though not tragic, thanks exclusively to the officers judgement and ability to use non-lethal, rather than lethal force.
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