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As a former state trooper, I can only say that until you have gone on a few ride alongs (at a minimum) and have seen first hand what decisions a police officer may need to make in the fraction of a second, you should not be so judgemental. It's easy for all of us who are not in the line of fire, who get to replay the incidents over and over in slow motion, to be judgemental.
I find that The Scanner News article to be as ignorant as it comes, and only serves to create panic and distrust. Should the community police themselves? Absolutely. Should you call the police if you need help? Of course. Don't want to? Okay, you approach the suspect(s) on a dark night on your own, and let's see if you have a little bit of a different opinion when they put their hands in their coat pocket and start to pull something out...
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