The Las Vegas Review-Journal has been investigating police shootings for the last 12 months. The reporting team has looked at patterns and circumstances and created a database of all the details of police shootings. So what does all this data tell us about police shootings? Are they as justified as inquest juries usually say? Are there stories that need re-investigating? Do police gun procedures need reform?
Lawrence Mower, Police beat reporter, LVRJ
Brian Haynes, Reporter, LVRJ
Alan Maimon, Special Correspondent, LVRJ
Richard Boulware, VP, Las Vegas Chapter, NAACP
Chris Collins, Exec Dir, Las Vegas Police Protective Association
It bothers me that the gentlemen currently on the show would avoid addressing numbers by feigning ignorance and then question the methodology, effectively avoiding engaging the point of the article, but then trying to discredit it. Citizens clearly need to get more involved, because law enforcement won't take an honest look at their own organizations.Ben –Nov 28, 2011 10:09:53 AM
There's a scene in The -Departed- the oscar-winning movie.
A rookie cop kills a civilian his first week on the job. A police psychologist asks if he feels guilty about using his gun. He laughs and says Lady, most of these cops joined up so they COULD use their guns. The audience in the theater seemed to agree.john hurd –Nov 28, 2011 10:01:28 AM
I'd like to know the average age for officers on the street. In my opinion, for officers in patrol cars, one officer should be at least 35 years old, & hopefully, have a degree in psychology, or a lot of training in that area. Officers in their 20's do not yet have the life experience to make appropriate judgements regarding very dangerous situations. (Although, I understand, it's not always about age. Look at Lt Pike & the pepper spray incident at Davis.)Elizabeth –Nov 28, 2011 09:43:57 AM