Police Shootings Raise Questions

Posted: December 20, 2009 at 2:48 a.m.

When Detective David Williams shot and killed Matthew Andersen early this month, he became the 13th Fayetteville officer in the last 10 years to be involved in taking a life in the line of duty.

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I think the question is why are so many people displaying acts of violence which forces cops to use deadly force.

Posted by: BCGuy

December 20, 2009 at 9:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I believe officers should not carry sidearms. Just esculates violence. What does anyone expect? No one deserves to loose their life. This goes for desperate criminals and officers of the PEACE. I'd like to see officers leading by example with an emphasis on PEACE...not more deaths.

If the newspapers didn't report questionable killings conducted by police...we'd live in a world where officers kill without consequence. You think we want to leave the investigation of police shootings up to the police department and circumvent the public's welfare?

It was a killing. Because it was an officer pulling the trigger doesn't change anything nor lighten the outlook of the ordeal. So long as you have officers carrying weapons...those desperate enough to commit crimes will arm themselves.

Maybe we should strive to reduce the desperation in mens' hearts and minds instead of supressing desperate individuals with the fear of death from a policeman's bullet? Would you argue policemen's bullets are solving crimes?

Perceived inequities are the root to all criminal behavior. Obviously the "John Wayne" approach doesn't work. Bet you this won't be the last suspect shooting...care to take a wager?

The incident that occured left room for the officer to run away from the danger, but instead he stood his ground (John Wayne) and ended a life that can never be brought back. I could speak on this subject till the end of time.

Posted by: 123qwe

December 20, 2009 at 3:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Unbelievable, officers should not carry sidearms thats not even worth commenting on it so rediculous. Leading by peace lol. The officer did the right thing and no questions here.

Posted by: Criminalj

December 21, 2009 at 12:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

If in your statement "officers should not carry a side-arm", then why have officers at all, lets all just "hope" the criminals decide not to carry weapons, not to rob banks, not to rape, not to steal, and of course not to kill.
Have you lost your mind.
Don't answer I already know that answer.
Our officers DO lead by example, they protect the citizens, they help victims,
they also on their days off are community volunteers, shop with a cop,
American Cancer Society, American Heart Assoc.Race for the Cure, United Way,
each of our agencies have been an active
participant in each of these organizations and many others.
Each of our officers have families,they have a job to do and they do it daily
24/7 365 days a year, they do it WELL
123qwe, you state "police bullets aren't solving crimes" Well police bullets ARE NOT committing the crime!!!!
Walk 1/2 mile in their shoes then you will know you could not be more wrong
NWA police officers, keep up the good work, never second guess yourself, you have citizens who trust and beleive in your judgement, we need you and want you on our streets, making us, the citizens safe!!!!! THANK YOU FPD WCSO SPD and all small town officers as well.

Posted by: nikki1105

December 21, 2009 at 5:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )