Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Should Fear be allowed to Trump Reason?

   So we wonder what led to the shooting of Terence Crutcher? Was officer Betty Shelby frightened? Did she think he was going to reach for a gun? Why did the officers trail him to his vehicle? Was he suspected of doing anything wrong?
   And, why, why, why was he shot?
   And, I wonder what training might have led to the incident unfolding as it did. Under what situations was officer Shelby taught to shoot?
   I do not know if she feared for her life, or for those of the other officers. It does seem if she had such a fear, it did not have good basis. Do we allow fear to trump reason in our search for justice? Do we say the shooting was justified if shot because she was fearful?

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