Itchy Trigger Fingers: A Look at Phoenix-Area Police Shootings in 2013

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Last week, the trial started for former Phoenix police officer Richard Chrisman, who's accused of killing Daniel Rodriguez for no apparent reason. Chrisman shot the man dead in his mother's trailer, and the ex-cop's partner has even said there was no threat to his life, and therefore no reason to kill.

It's got us thinking about use of deadly force.

Officers are allowed to shoot to protect themselves and others when they perceive their lives, or the lives of others, to be at risk.

They're allowed to kill a suspect to prevent the escape of someone who the officer believes could cause the "infliction or threat of serious physical injury or death, and is likely to endanger human life" if allowed to flee, according to Phoenix police policy.

There are many guidelines, some obscured more than others in the vagary of official jargon. You can read Phoenix's here (page 32).

We know not all officer shootings are avoidable or unjustified. In many cases, we're glad cops carry guns, because thugs do, too (and because this is Arizona, nearly everyone does). But it would appear that in some of the following situations, firing at the suspect could have been avoided.

As you read these -- a few examples from this year, placed in no particular order -- keep this in mind:

"Deadly force is utilized as a last resort when other measures are not practical
under the existing circumstances."


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MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

The po-po have become trigger happy thugs, near similar to the SS and the SA.

While I respect and support law-enforcement, I think they should be retrained on deadly force. Arizona has way too many statutes allowing deadly force.

Comanche_Moon
Comanche_Moon

I go out of my way to avoid the cops. They're way to aggressive and and think they have a license to kill. Police officers have changed over the last twenty years. Police administrators have encouraged hiring people with lower IQ scores because intelligent people question unreasonable orders. 

barney
barney

perhaps the writer would be willing to take on a guy with a sharp pointy table leg, a guy hurling bottles on at the writer's head, a seated man grappling for a pistol, a guy with a taser, etc.  Just go in knowing that any of those could kill you or render you helpless.  but then again, NT has a pretty anti-police slant on most occasions.  NT Journalism 101 -  make up information, research is over-rated, objectivity is no substitute for subjectivity, embellish when wanted, and sensationalize the hell out of it.

Alex Tropp
Alex Tropp

Given the number of 'Islamist shootings/stabbings' in England compared with police brutality and gang warfare deaths in the US, I'll take my chances in England. B-)

truth1stjusticemercy
truth1stjusticemercy

So NT is now the Voice of the Fallen Criminal!  Shame On You!  As a native Arizonan, born and raised in this great State, I am appalled that such an article would be published.  Let us remember our heroes not the criminal.  Does anyone remember Phoenix Officer Daryle Raetz killed May 19, 2013, Officer Travis Murphy killed May 26, 2010, Officer Shane Figueroa, killed October 25, 2008, Officer Nicki Erfle killed September 18, 2007, Officer George Cortez, Jr. killed July 27, 2007,  Officer Paul Salmon killed November 29, 2005, Officer David Uribe killed May 10, 2005, Officer Eric White killed August 28, 2004, Officer Jason Wolfe killed August 28, 2004, Officer Donald Schultz killed May 12, 2004, Officer Beryle Scott, Jr. killed September 10, 2002, Officer Carlo Beuf killed November 1, 1999, Officer Marc Atkinson killed March 26, 1999, Sgt. David Kieffer killed May 21, 1997, Officer Leonard Kolodziej killed July 26, 1991, Sgt. Danny Tunney, Sgt. John Domblisky, Officer Patrick Briggs, Officer Kenneth Collings, Officer Robert Fike, Officer John Robertson, Officer Kevin Forsythe, Officer Robert Polmanteer, Officer Errol Hawkins, Officer John Davis, Officer Gonzalex Conchos,Officer Arthur Del Gaudio, Officer John MacInnis, Officer Gilbert Chavez, Officer Michael Hemschmeyer, Officer Clay Haywood, Officer Bluhm, Officer Dale Stone, Officer Walter Stewart, Officer Haze Burch, all from Phoenix P.D.  I don't even have the space to list our fallen heroes from Glendale P.D., Peoria, P.D., Buckeye P.D., Gilbert P.D., Chandler P.D. Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Pinal County Sheriff's Office and many more.  Let's Remember those that deserve to be remembered by name, not the criminal.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Is this a complete listing/description or a selective listing/description? That would be helpful context to have when reading them.

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Pawfect Interiors + Design LLC

They are trigger happy. There is no reason or shooting someone in the back or in other case shot to mame not to kill.

Rico Stackz
Rico Stackz

Police are overly-aggressive about 99% of the time.

robert_graham
robert_graham

There must be more officer-involved shootings. For example, steal beer from Circle K and you should get shot, say expletives about Arpaio and you should get shot, when police tell you to drop your weapon and you fail to comply you should get shot, get in a high-speed chase and after police turn on their lights and sirens and you fail to pull over you should get shot.

Of course there are more reasons why you should get shot - these are just a few examples. And when police do have to shoot, they must kill not wound.

robert_graham
robert_graham

It's not about "itchy fingers" it's about police will shoot if they feel their lives are in danger.  Each and every police shooting was justified. 

So the moral of the story is don't make any threatening moves towards officers and you won't get shot. It's just that simple.

The part about Chrisman shot the man dead in his mother's trailer, and the ex-cop's partner has even said there was no threat to his life, and therefore no reason to kil is simply not true. 

robert_graham
robert_graham

@Comanche_Moon Don't threaten cops and you won't get shot. It's just that simple. But yes if you are acting like the thug your thumbnail portrays you to be then yes I think you would have something to worry about.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@truth1stjusticemercy  Yes, while we remember and honor our fallen law enforcement officers, we also must hold law enforcement accountable.  The two are not incompatible in any sense.  We honor the fallen but we also work to ensure that our law enforcement is professional and well trained and held to the highest standards.  In fact, doing that especially honors those professional law enforcement officer who have given their lives in the line of duty.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Robert,

Fuck that mother fucking pussy ass bitch Arpaio.

allanbartlett
allanbartlett

fuck arpaio. jaffy gets shot with warm semen. yay...winning.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan reading your posts is like trying to follow a special olympics debate team. have you ever been tested for shaken baby syndrome? you should.............it might explain a lot

car_del99
car_del99

@JoeArpaioFan And when the joker tells you to drop your pants.. or even before that , YOU DO !!!! Or when he tells you to get underneath his desk and open your mouth...


rosss19
rosss19

@robert_graham So anyone who threatens the police deserves to die? I agree we shouldn't threaten cops, but does someone wielding a box cutter deserve to die?

pearlsvaluables
pearlsvaluables

Best thing that could have happen is YOU having been the guy shot in the trailer. You are a worthless POS

rosss19
rosss19

@robert_graham Because his (or her) thumbnail is a black male (who is obviously Jimi Hendrix) you assume he (or she) is a thug? You must be a cop with that level or racial profiling/racism.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@JohnQ.Public Excuse me but if an officer feels threatened like if a suspect has a gun pointed at them then it would only be professional to shoot that suspect.

garyvaudt
garyvaudt

@allanbartlett  i agrre with allan........having been in law enforcement myelf and see the "bad" cop i feel sorry for every person that he will pull over tonite...the kind arpaio loves...got sick of it n retired ...early!

robert_graham
robert_graham

@danzigsdaddy You are the moron, not me.  If Az had a "stupid law" you would have been in jail many times.  Oh wait they do have a 'stupid driver" law so why not a stupid comments law too?

robert_graham
robert_graham

@pearlsvaluables No, anybody who condemns police for saving their own lives is a POS.  I hope that you are the next person whio is shot by cops.

allanbartlett
allanbartlett

set up the meeting, arpaio lover. Watch me, like you watch jaf and arpaio.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Robert, speech is protected under the 1st Amendment and government cannot abridge or restrict it.

Driving is a privilege and therefore not protected by the Constitution. The rights contained within the Constitution are in full effect while driving though.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  seriously, get tested.  i dont know what happened to you, stuck in the birth canal, inbreeding, crack baby, whatever, just get tested before someone takes it upon themselves to have you put in a care facility. the simple fact that you think cops want to go around shooting people for trivial stuff indicates that not only do you know nothing about law enforcement, you know absolutely nothing about the people who are doing it. again i try to make it clear to you, you are not endearing yourself to law enforcement with comments like "..it would only be professional to shoot that suspect" and "when police do have to shoot, they must kill not wound". real cops dont look forward to having to take lives, nor do they want to. if they have to, they have to, but you try to make it look like all cops are bloodthirsty killers, they arent..

pearlsvaluables
pearlsvaluables

Not sure what it's called..lol..anyhow, stupid to you, but stupid to me is Robert being the Judge and saying something is not true when another " sworn officer" who is suppose to be honest said there was no threat. Robert sounds like a trigger happy ***** like most cops.Therefore in my opinion, anyone who sees fit to shoot when there is no threat is a *****. 

pearlsvaluables
pearlsvaluables

ok, Thx cocksucker. We will just have to wait and see. you have no life so you will be sitting on your lazy ass reading it somewhere. I appreciate your well wishes, now go have Mommy make you something to eat and start a movie for you before bedtime.

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