*Now every African American especially, looking at this story knows it would’ve ended differently had the suspect been a black man. The police have demonstrated this in recent events, so its a given. Admittedly, for a person of any race to straight up aim a firearm at the police is someone either mentally unstable or someone begging to be killed.
But here’s the thing. Look at the story, especially the bolded parts, and see what police in America can learn from these officers in Scotland, where one teenager actually put his life on the line when he aimed a rifle directly at them during a stand-off.
Samuel Barlow, 16, had been spotted roaming around threatening residents of Lerwick in the Shetland Islands with his rifle in September.
Officers from every department on the tiny Scottish island was called upon, and specialist were flown in to deal with the situation.
So, in light of the numerous cop killings of late in the U. S.; where police officers have been seen on camera fatally wounding black men who are said to have had their hands in the air; why wasn’t this kid, who blatantly pointed his gun at police, taken down?
Here’s what officers did instead.
Used their heads, professionalism and training.
This is the argument heard by Lerwick Sheriff Court.
Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the incident lasted several hours, having a ‘major impact on the community’.
He added: ‘I am not sure if the accused appreciates how close he became to being shot by police.’
Police had been alerted by residents on the island around midday. And the first two officers that arrived on the scene, hid behind a fire station as Barlow took aim at them.
The teenager posed a threat to everyone as he walked through several people’s gardens, and aimed his rifle at police negotiators.
Mr. Mackenzie said there had been a number of occasions where officers, not yet sure what type of weapon Barlow had, needed to decide whether to fire.
After the teen moved from police view, officers made a decision to ‘move beyond containment’ and make ‘an aggressive approach towards him’.
Mr. Mackenzie said: ‘This was a very dangerous situation police officers were in. At the very end, only as the accused was restrained, it was confirmed he had only an air rifle.
‘The accused owes the officers a debt of gratitude for their professionalism and indeed their courage. It was very close to a fatal outcome.’
Now to be clear, no one is saying police work is tidy. These incidents are dangerous indeed. But oftentimes, police in the U. S. have been heard justifying their actions by saying things like, “The suspect went into his pocket,” or “The suspect reached into the back seat.”
Editor’s Note: These Scottish police officers put American police to shame with this incident; where they had every justification to kill this man. To actually close in on him, to verify what type of firearm he had, and realize it was only an air gun is more commendable than any civilian could ever expect.
I have a feeling the community has their respect.
Barlow, an inmate of Polmont Young Offenders’ Institution, near Falkirk, Stirlingshire, admitted four charges of assault and one of abusive and threatening behaviour.
He will be sentenced on January 7 and has been warned he faces a likely custodial sentence.
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