Skip to comments.Coeur d'Alene cops release shooting video
Posted on 01/18/2014 3:28:20 PM PST by Karl Spooner
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) Police have released the body-camera video from Officer Spencer Mortensen's shooting of Eric B. Johnston last Aug. 25.
The video shows viewers what Mortensen saw and heard before fatally shooting Johnston, 35, five times in rapid succession. It shows Mortensen asked Johnston about eight times to put down a knife or knives before Mortensen shot him.
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Don't cops learn that if they slowly back out, the guy would follow him and you could tackle him ?
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Eric Johnston acted like he wanted to end his life through a police gun. Either that or he was deaf and dumb. He did not make any action that would indicate he was capable of responding to anyone. The woman could have given some clue as to what was his problem. Drugs like Bath Salts?
We need a force of tough men with good training, and armed with several options of weapons and tools, that can diffuse situations and save lives.
We can hire just anyone, to merely gun people.
Wasn't that the concern of the lady ... she was afraid he'd hurt himself ?
So why does a cop, wanting to help stop harm ... perform harm ?
Johnston was advancing on the officer with a knife. That’s pretty much the point of no return.
But, that being said, the guy wasn’t being violent to anyone, he was contained within an empty house. Why couldn’t the officer have waited outside for backup to bring a taser or a shotgun with beanbag rounds?
“We need a force of tough men with good training, and armed with several options of weapons and tools, that can diffuse situations and save lives.”
Tough men? You’re forgetting the women. Of course most women don’t have the physical strength of most men (remember several years ago in Atlanta when the grandmotherly sheriffs bailiff was overpowered by the prisoner she was escorting to court?), so female LEOs have to default to gun play when a male LEO might not have to.
And of course, you can’t have male LEOs subduing perpetrators a female LEO would have to shoot. (Looks bad and all that.) Therefore, male LEOs must be encouraged to resort to gunfire when they otherwise might not have to.
I’m not sure how much, if any, of this is sarcasm.
How do you know that the guy will follow him?
How do you know that the cop "could" tackle him?
In my opinion the guy was on his way TOWARD the cop with a knife. Why should the cop hesitate to shoot? He gave the guy ample warning. Perps are unpredictable. The guy also might have been on some drugs where he stopped thinking rationally.
I guess you and I are destined to disagree on this.
Isn't that called a cop-suicide when folks seem to WANT to be killed by a cop? I forget.
If he ingested bath salts he would be puking his brains out...not wielding a knife and walking towards a cop.
He really was too stupid to live.
The guy was 35 years old, unless he was mentally unstable or disabled...he should have come out and surrendered
The guy was carefully positioning himself for a clear path to make a charge at the officer. This would have guaranteed the outcome he wanted: suicide by cop. It is obvious that the man was mentally disabled either due to mental illness or drugs. The cops need the tranquilizer gun to protect these deranged people from themselves.
The problem I find about tranquilizer gun technology is there has not been found a tranquilizer that works quick enough to keep someone from doing harm while it takes effect. Police do not need to take a gun to a knife fight and need to have an alternative that will incapacitate the perp. Tasers are one way and I am curious why a taser was not used on Eric Johnston. Tranquilizer darts are another means, but the technology needs to be improved. Meanwhile, people like Eric Johnson will die because of the lack of technology.
See my Post #13
Any of y’all ever seen a film called ‘Surviving Edged Weapons’?
“This should indicate to the officer to grab his Taser, not his gun.” (From the video.)
I disagree. The guy with the knife (which I never saw) was inside the Tueller distance as far as I could tell. If the Taser had missed, quite possible in a mobile situation, the cop would not have had time to draw his gun or maybe even fire a second shot from the Taser.
That’s not to say the cop could not have backed off and waited for backup, just that if he was going in the Taser was not the appropriate option for the situation.
And of course, I offer my opinion as one of the chairbourne, not someone on the front line.
So that this kid did not lose his life in vain, remember this: do not call the police to defuse a dangerous situation, because they will always make it worse. And remember if you're foolish enough to involve them, always do exactly what they tell you, because as all of the boot-licker apologists on this thread (and all those soon to arrive) will verify, whenever a cop murders someone, it's righteous.
“Don’t cops learn that if they slowly back out, the guy would follow him and you could tackle him ?”
No. The facts are that the cop did exactly what he was trained to do. That is why no prosecution.
As predicted. The boot-lickers arrive.