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THe argument is given that ordinary citizens like me cannot properly judge police actions because we haven't "been there."
It's true I don't walk around in a blue uniform and carry a gun. I don't confront criminals, risk getting shot. I have great respect for the police for doing so, for standing in for me and the rest of us in dangerous situations.
But I can empathize with these situations to a degree, I can sort out facts from baloney, and I can be told what police are trained to do, what their rules about use of force are, and compare a pattern of facts to them and make a judgment. If you substitute laws for police training and procedure, you realize judging police actions that are on the edge is similar to a criminal trial. I'm not a dope dealer, crackhead, or practice identity theft. Yet no one questions my ability to judge criminals if I'm a juror; why is it different for the police?
The great majority of police do protect and serve. The incidents that are questionable should be investigated without undue interference from the police.
As to the use of the beanbag, as a former child care worker, I restrained many violent youth, including males my size or slightly larger. I always followed procedure, remained aware of where furniture was, where I was taking the kid down, where the kid's head was. Occasionally, two of us participated in a difficult restraint, but no child was ever injured. I can't believe the officer shooting the beanbag used minimal force.
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