Summary Justice

Question of the Day ~ 26th November, 2014 ~ SUMMARY JUSTICE

Do you believe it is “just” for any law enforcement officer to function as prosecutor, judge and executioner robbing a person of their due process of law when an officer is faced with a menacing but unarmed civilian ?

I do not believe any law enforcement officer has the right to be judge jury and executioner, and they do have a right to self defence.

In the best of worlds, no one would carry guns.
In the world we are in now – some people do carry guns.

Having been shot at, and had a guy try to knife me, I understand some of the realities of conflict (had the shooter wanted me dead, I would be dead – he just wanted to scare me away – which he did).
If you want to survive, you don’t wait for the other guy to shoot first.
In real life, as opposed to Hollywood, the first shot is usually the last (if the shooter is at all competent – I am competent – I have fired about 100,000 rounds, mostly at small game – rabbits and possums, and some at much larger game – goats, pigs, deer, cattle – I don’t miss often, sometimes, but not often).

I have huge respect for most police officers, what they do is difficult.

And I am not a great fan of rule based systems generally (a bit weird for a computer programmer I know).
In real life there often isn’t time for rules, things happen too fast – there are only intuitions and near instantaneous choices.

[followed by]

Gotta agree with you there Andrew

There is danger in giving police too much power, and even greater danger in not giving them enough.

If it becomes too dangerous to protect others, they wont do it.

And there has to be a mechanism to prevent outright abuse of power.
It is all about striking a balance that works most of the time.
Perfection isn’t going to happen – we are all too fallibly human.

And there are real issues with the legacy of racism and inequality at many different levels.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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