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Posted on 11/07/2013 1:39:26 AM PST by kelly4c
Full title too long, here's the rest: "when he reported van stolen to stop teenager from buying cigarettes"
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It’s a shame the young man is dead. Having said that it sure seems like stupidity ran in the family.
Des Moines Register article with police audio:
Joking aside, sad for this man and son. The days of calling the cops over to give the kid a good scare and a talking to(happened a couple of times with me!) are over. As so many threads on FR attest to, be VERY careful in calling the cops. Not to say that this cop was over-aggressive (not knowing the entire story - maybe the kid was trying to run him down or something), but the presence of the cop obviously didn’t help matters.
Nah, it had to be the cops fault. /s
Police reported that during the chase with the teenager, Comstock rammed Officer McPhersons car
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And the cops MIGHT have made it worse, but it sounds like he was already driving erratically and could have hit pedestrians if he continued. (Or did he almost hit them while he was being chased?)
Sounds like he had anger issues too which didn't help.
Respect authority if authority deserves it.
Lately, there’s a lot of people in those positions that deserve NO respect and it appears to be getting worse.
Looks like another case of felonious revving of engine with intent to be uppity. Clearly a danger to the public safety and you can see why the cop had to shoot him. He feared for his life after all. (/s)
That said, the parents are darwin award contenders if they’re calling the police to deal with their parenting issues. What part of: Don’t pick up that phone and dial 9-1-1 unless you’re willing to see someone end up dead are people failing to understand?
Defund the police. A free and well armed people have little need for them.
Personally, I decided long ago that the only thing LE was good for was writing up accident reports for the insurance company. I protect myself and family, and we take care of our own problems now.
Comstock had recently broken up with his girlfriend and was bouncing from house to house in Boone. He had spent several days in jail because of a disorderly conduct charge, the family said.
It's all the cops fault!
Unfortunately, historians from their own twisted, self-serving point of view.
The wise place to fight the tyranny is at the ballot box and the political power levers; in the street, walk circumspectly and live to fight another day.
So, trying to cut through the emotional BS and hand-ringing in the article it sounds something like:
1. Dumb dad sicks the cops on his son (what could possibly go wrong?)
2. Dumb son decides that pulling over is for suckers, he’ll just get in a car chase with the cops (what could possibly go wrong?)
3. After watching Dumbass Jr. nearly run over a few folks before crashing the truck, officers decide to permanently end the chase via the Smith and Wesson brand of conflict resolution before Dumbass Jr. can get the truck rolling again for round 2 of GTA 6: Iowa State University.
A quote from one of the articles: So he didnt shut the damn truck off, so lets fire six rounds at him? Were confused, and we dont understand, said the boy’s Step-Grandfather.
Yeah, well, I’m betting that’s not your first time being confused. Given the fact that Dumbass Jr. refused to pull over, sent a lawn and garden truck careening through a college campus, and then acted like he was trying to get the crashed truck moving again in order to plow through more student-infested college grounds, I can see why the officers there thought Dumbass Jr. wasn’t going to cooperate and was going to end up being a threat to more pedestrians. Come on, college students don’t even look up to see where the normal traffic is, you think they’ve got enough situational awareness to avoid someone crashing a truck through the lawn and parking lots?
Trying to get the cops off your ass by speeding through the college grounds is likely going to get someone killed. The fact that the step-grandad can’t grasp that leads me to believe that Dumbass Jr. was just continuing a family tradition of dumbassery.
Not that I advocate shooting every dumbass kid that thinks it’s a good idea to start a car chase with the police. I would have been happier if police had ripped Dumbass Jr. out of the truck and utilized non-lethal means of encouraging compliance until such a point that Dumbass Jr. ceased being a threat to life and limb, however that kind of response is not always going to be an option.
If the remaining options are letting someone play demolition derby on the ISU campus or shooting the dumbass, then I’m going to have to cast a vote for shooting the dumbass. Overall, it sounds like the officer shooting the kid was making a more rational decision than either the father or the son in this story.
IndyStar.com (Gannett - link only). . .
That father must not keep up with the news. I’ll admit to calling the police on my daughter many years ago after she took off in the car drunk at 16. I was worried about her state of mind, her safety, and that of others. They never did find her, we did. Now it’s a different story. It’s a rotten shame when those who once kept law and order (helped keep the public safe) are now the ones to be feared.
And without having all the details I’ll reserve judgement on this particular case however my first thoughts were the same.
Police reported that during the chase with the teenager, Comstock rammed Officer McPhersons car. Once the truck had stopped, the teenager refused to turn it off and revved the engine.
Yeah, being stuck up against the tree like that sure endangered the cop's life.
If the punk had run into a group of students killing and injuring some, people would be complaining the cops didn't do anything to stop it.
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