Poor Decisions All Around

If you’re stupid enough to concoct a plan that involves arresting a suspect at a crowded theater you’re likely lacking basic cognitive functions. I’m guessing this lack of cognitive functionality is what lead to one officer shooting another while trying to apprehend a man suspected of possessing child pornography:

Two policemen are recovering after they were shot by fellow officers as they tried to arrest a man on child pornography charges outside a crowded move theatre.

The incident happened as undercover officers tried to apprehend the unarmed man in the parking lot as he left a screening of Harry Potter in Plainville, Connecticut.

First of all I’m curious why the police decided it was a swell idea to arrest a man at a crowded theater instead of at the suspect’s home. It seems to me that a parking lot full of people leaving a theater is not the best place to perform an action that may lead to gunfire. At least if a gunfight broke out at the suspect’s home the chances of innocent bystanders getting hit would be greatly reduced compared to a gunfight breaking out in a parking lot full of people. Of course that’s just my opinion and I’m sure somebody will be more than happy to say I don’t know what I’m talking about without giving a good reason why the police chose this strategy over the one I presented.

Second of all we’re constantly told that the police are the only ones responsible enough to carry firearms. Responsibility with a firearm involves knowing your target and what lies beyond it. You shouldn’t be firing your gun, especially in a parking lot full of people, without being absolutely sure of what you’re aiming at. Ignoring the four rules of firearm safety leads to incidents like this where unintended persons are harmed or killed (thankfully in this case everybody involved was harmed and not killed).

I see a complete lack of intelligence stemming from this situation. Going after a suspect in a crowded area seems like a poor tactical choice. Not being sure of your target is also a poor tactical choice. Thankfully nobody was killed in this case but that very well could have been different. A gun is a weapon and like any weapon should be treated with the utmost respect