The talk surrounding the Kajieme Powell shooting has brought to mind a counter-example that happened in my city years ago. The linked NYT article describes the incident in detail and you can even watch some video of the incident here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtRgweQxXi8
- In 1997, Seattle Police successfully disarmed a mentally ill man wielding a samurai sword who had been threatening passers-by, even though it took them 11 hours to do so. The man survived with only bruises.
- In 2014, St. Louis Metropolitan police killed a mentally ill man holding a steak knife in a vaguely threatening way within a minute of arriving on scene.
There are better, more humane ways of dealing with potentially violent people than immediately escalating the situation and putting yourself in a position where you’ll feel obligated to use deadly force. Some combination of better judgment, better training, better equipment and cooler heads could probably have prevented the Powell shooting.