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Apr 11 brent.b commented on The Secret Struggle of a Star Chef Killed by Police.
@80 - Exactly. The problem is, if the question is "did Cody have to die?" The answer doesn't have anything to do with SPD or the detective who shot him. The Stranger is asking a good question (and the related question should be "could we have prevented him from robbing the bank(s)?") But then the Stranger tries to make the police actions the focus. It seems SPD had no contact with Cody before he was shot, and it seems pretty clear the detective who confronted him was not given much of a choice, so they really aren't part of the answer. Which means the actual answer lies with his friends and family and our ability to help people with addiction and mental health issues. It is no secret that we fail miserably when it comes to helping people with addiction and mental health issues, and if we can't do enough for Cody, who was white, talented, had a good job, respected, somewhat visable, etc--how far away are we from being able to help the people living on the streets with those types of problems?

Not only is the Stranger wasting an opportunity to ask meaningful questions about how we deal with people who are suffering with addiction, but, perhaps worse, they are ruining their credibility when it comes to SPD. Next time there is an actual questionable SPD action, how is anyone supposed to it seriously if only the Stranger is drawing attention to it? Everyone is just going to roll their eyes. And with good cause.
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Apr 9 brent.b commented on The Secret Struggle of a Star Chef Killed by Police.
@ 25/28 - Fewer suspects might die if police were trained to shoot for the legs. But more police would die in the line of duty. There are very good reasons that they shoot for center mass. Which, technically, isn't "shooting to kill." It is actually shooting to stop. If someone is charging you with a guy from 10ft or so away, shooting them in the arm or leg doesn't stop them from stabbing you (especially if they are very determined or on drugs that mask the pain). Police shoot for center mass because it most effectively stops their forward momentem.

Also, police are trained only to shoot when deadly force is necessary, training police to take "non-lethal" shots would encourage police to shoot in less dangerous situtations, and since there is no such thing as a truly non-lethal shot, it might have the exact opposite effect. Not to mention shots at extremities are more likely to miss and are therefore more dangerous to bystanders.

There is a story here. It just isn't the story that Ansel Herz seemingly created whole-cloth in his mind and now can't quite let go of.
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Apr 9 brent.b commented on The Secret Struggle of a Star Chef Killed by Police.
This was a really good story--except that it was ruined by the author's appearently unshakeable desire to paint this as a bad police shooting. The random and irrelevant facts about his height and weight and the use of the word allegedly with regard to charging the cop but not with regard to the bank robbery, for example, are jarring and distract from what is obviously the real story.
Apr 7 brent.b commented on SPD Says Detective Fired Six or Seven Rifle Rounds At Bank Robber Who Charged With Knife.
@35 - You center mass to stop. The intent is to stop, not to kill. But effect is likely the same. Even if you don't miss someone's leg, it doesn't stop someone who is determined.
Apr 7 brent.b commented on SPD Says Detective Fired Six or Seven Rifle Rounds At Bank Robber Who Charged With Knife.
@16 is right. Not only was the shooting justified if the detective thought he was in imminent danger, it was also justified to prevent the suspect's escape. You can't let an armed (and he was justifiably believed to be armed with a gun and knife) suspect flee after a violent crime (and robbing a bank at gun-point is surely that, it is compltely misleading and disengenous to call him "non-voilent" or armed "only" with a knife). If they had let him run he might have killed other people. If an officer had cornered the Cafe Racer shooter between when the first and second shootings, we would hope that officer would have used deadly force to prevent him from fleeing. Likewise, the police in the situation would be justified in fearing he might kill someone if allowed to flee the scene.
Apr 5 brent.b commented on The Man Seattle Police Killed Yesterday: 26-Year-Old Chef Cody Spafford.
This is why people say the Stranger is Anti-SPD, because of this type of baseless and completely biased attack. It is possible this was a bad shooting, but wait until you have a single piece of evidence before going on the attack for fuck's sake.
Apr 5 brent.b commented on The Man Seattle Police Killed Yesterday: 26-Year-Old Chef Cody Spafford.
This is really stupid speculation. There is no reason at this point to disbelieve the SPD version of events. And It is not crazy for the police to shoot someone who charges them with a knife. Especially after robbing a bank and crashing a car. There is no evidence at all that he was "hiding in a bush" and no particular reason to believe he wasn't an immediate and potentially lethal threat.
Apr 2 brent.b commented on Anita Will Quietly Piss You Off.
Consider me convinced. It is better to keep deleting his or her comments than to give them any response. Anyone who would say something so obviously insane is either just trolling or is not capable of engaging in any kind of meaningful conversation...
Apr 2 brent.b commented on Seattle's "Frequent Transit Network," Before and After the Impending Metro Bus Cuts.
@ 15/19 - Ditto for my bus. My commuter bus already leaves people stranded sometimes, is always standing room only. Even if my route is unaffected, all the routes around it will be cut back and there absolutely won't be enough space. Some of those people will drive rather than risk the bus skipping their stop twice a week. Traffic will get worse. No doubt. And, in the end, that will cost us more money than we saved by defunding transit. Transit is one of those great things were it is cheaper to spend money on it than to not.
Apr 2 brent.b commented on #Cancel Colbert: The Politics of Being Offended.
@ 25/26 - I think you are conflating satire and stereotypes/impersenations. Did you watch the bit? He didn't do any impersenations (and it is hard to imagine a scenario where the type of impersenation from @29 would be effective) and he didn't make fun of any racial stereotypes. He was just making fun of the use of offensive names.
 
 

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