Skip to comments.Santa Clara Police Kill Woman Waving Aluminum Baseball Bat
Posted on 04/14/2014 11:55:05 AM PDT by nickcarraway
Santa Clara police fatally shot a woman who they say started attacking them with a baseball bat.
Lt. Kurt Clarke said in a statement the officers, whom he did not identify, feared "for their safety," and fired at her about 4:50 p.m. Sunday in the 5000 block of Lick Mill Boulevard after they were called there because she called 911 "making threats to harm herself and others."
When they arrived, police said the woman came out of the front door and attacked the officers with the bat.
She was treated at the scene but died later at a hospital.
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Fatal officer-involved shootings are unusual in Santa Clara. The last instance was in 2012 when a 42-year-old man was killed during a DUI investigation after he became "uncooperative" and reached for his gun, police said,
“Stop resisting! Stop resisting!”
Couldn’t the police just shoot the bat out of her hand? /s
Did they shoot her little dog, too?
No tazer available I guess.
Weren’t they carrying batons?
So where were the ubiquitous Tasers?
Personally, I think the penalty for attempted suicide should be death by lethal injection...
I haven’t seen a cop carrying a baton for decades.
I’d have just set my beeber on stune. But they probably don’t carry beebers.
Oh, so now aggressively attacking a cop is not sufficient cause for using deadly force? Seriously?!!!
If only these cops had tasers, this woman would be alive.
Years ago, I would get blasted here for defending the use of tasers by LEO’s. Now it seems cops have quit using tasers and are electing to just murder people. Instead of simply disarming a nutty broad with a bat; they just shoot her dead.
Why didn’t a squad of cops bring their baseball bats to the ruckus? I’d have love to have seen the expression on that woman’s face if she could have seen them with their bats marching toward her.
So many killings, so many questions....
If it was “officers” (plural), why could not one one them tased her while the other backed up the first with deadly force? Or were they also expecting her dog?
Sounds like suicide by cop.
The only good thing that can be said here is that at least they shot the woman with the bat. Considering the CA cops' abilities to ID suspects, as shown in the Dorner manhunt, I'm surprised they didn't shoot a 300 lb blind black man because his cane sorta looked like a bat.
She might have harmed herself so he killed her for her safety.
They should be like Bammy and issue the call to retreat. If the woman is only after the cops, how is the "public" in danger?
Armed with only a bat, she could have been rushed by officers with shields and perhaps one officer might have been bruised. It’s obvious the guiding criterion for police, as to use of deadly force, is their perception that they might be harmed in any way. The silver lining to this incident is that all officers went home safely.
You know you live in a fascist police state when you're not allowed to just randomly smash people's faces in with aluminum baseball bats anymore.
What's next? Arresting people for mugging or carjacking? It's a slippery slope.
Expensive rental complex.
The incident began about 4:50 p.m. Sunday when police received a call from a woman threatening to harm herself and others, police said. She said she had taken pills, wanted police to shoot her and would attack officers with a bat, authorities said.
Many departments have stopped issuing batons after the Rodney King incident. To afraid of lawsuits for excessive force. Now they only have to justify against a perceived life threat. No continuum of force necessary.
Sorry. If someone attacked me with a bat, I’d shoot them, too. If I am willing to defend myself with lethal force in such a situation, I will concede that much to the cops.
I hope there is a film of the incident, though, to make sure the cops told the truth.
Black and white. Binary. How simple.
The Warriors didn’t have guns when they kicked the shit out of the Baseball Furies.
You would shoot a woman threating you with a bat? Are you a man ? ... if you are you’re not much of one.
One uLEO to the other uLEO: “It was a good kill.”
Really? Am I lacking in manhood, or are you lacking in respect for women?
It takes about 10 minutes of training to learn how to disarm a person with a bat much less a woman. Surely these
serve and protect donut munchers have at least a few minutes of empty hand training.
They apparently still use batons in South Korea.
My opinion is the former. I teach womens self defense classes.
Exactly. It's the only way to be sure.
Or both? Could they just not shoot her once in the leg if they don't have the guts to face her with pepper spray and tazer?
Infield fly rule? I never did learn of that nnuance.
My point is that most men even without training should be able to disarm the average woman with a bat or at least not have to shoot them dead.
... Officers were quick to oblige.
Polish up your jack boots. I heard the BLM needs fine young citizens like you.
Normal people (Even nomal LEO’s) would use a taser or other non-lethal means to subdue a crazy woman. But not you.
You have the kill ‘em first and let God sort it out mentality.
That’s what our New World Order needs today.
Two cops who can’t handle a distraught woman with a bat without killing someone need new jobs somewhere else.
We are in agreement.
Haha. Good one.
I’m trying to imagine how the conversation would go:
“Officer Mack - please proceed to xyz where a woman is threatening harm to herself and others. If you get there and she attempts to harm others, you can shoot her...”
Riddle me this; if she were making threats only against others, that would be one thing. However, if she is making threats against herself, shouldn’t there be a different protocol used to subdue these individuals?
I assume you are not a policeman. Police have at their disposal other means than a gun, of which we are all aware.
I am not going to run.
I am not going to take a beating.
I am going to take the threat seriously.
I would use lethal force to defend myself and, in cases like this, I extend the same courtesy to the cops. I am sorry the cops didn’t use any less-lethal means that might have been at their disposal, but this is not a case like the cops shooting that guy who was already spread-eagled against a car. She picked her fight and the consequences are on her head.
Sounds like she had mental problems for which 98% of LEOs are not trained to deal with.
If she really called them ahead of time to warn them as a previous poster mentioned, why was her killing necessary? Sounds like she needed mental help.
We get these types in the psych ward. They can be handled without being killed. Consider, hospitals would be sued out of existence for an incident like this. They can actually be held responsible, unlike our public servants.
At least the dog is still breathing
Maybe the officers were baseball purists who hate anyone not using wood bats.
Pity it didn’t happen in Seattle. NOBODY in Seattle can hit anything with a baseball bat.