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Posted on January 5 at 2:31 p.m.

JL, it's not an issue of "the responsibility of LEOs", it's that you're faulting the SBPD for not using a tactic that violates standard doctrine of armed agencies world-wide, be they law enforcement or military. The responsibility of LEOs is to protect the public, and hopefully protect themselves in the process. The evidence cited states this officer fulfilled his responsibility on both counts, and for that I am grateful.

As far as not being "conducive to rational debate," that wasn't ad hominem; I was telling you that your argument is flawed and ill-informed.

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Posted on January 4 at 10:02 p.m.

JohnLocke, your comment, "Yep, training our cops to shoot to kill instead of shoot to disarm is just a great rule to follow," clearly indicates you have no understanding of the application of deadly force. There is no such thing as "shoot to disarm" in the real world.

Not to sound cold hearted - obviously this person had problems - but the real victims here are 1) the officer that was placed in this horrible situation and now has to carry this traumatic burden the rest of his life, and 2) the taxpayers, who now have to carry an unnecessary financial burden, regardless of how this concludes.

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Posted on January 3 at 10:02 p.m.

Excellent - blame the poor cat for your own inadequacies.

If someone came into my home and attacked my cat, I would be the one invoking self-defense over their body. The police call would be an after-the-fact notification.

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Posted on January 2 at 11 p.m.

What a great article with a very impressive cop. Thank you Sgt Olsen for all of your amazing work. This is really good insight and is encouraging.

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Posted on November 17 at 3:41 a.m.

Okay, JohnTieber, I'll bite. Understand that any chance of convincing anyone with your fear-mongering lost all credibility with this gem:

"traditional western medicine, now the third leading cause of death in the USA ( http://silver.neep.wisc.edu/~lakes/ia... )."

Don't get me wrong, our health system is in serious need of overhaul, and for-profit insurance and pharmaceutical companies are a major cause of our woes, but come on. And on a side note, don't quote editorials as scientific evidence, it just makes you look silly.

But for the sake of discussion, let's give you the benefit of the doubt, and say it's all a sham by 'big pharm' to make money. It would be illogical, then, for them to fill the vaccines with a "cocktail of industrial waste, cancer viruses, heavy metals, and/or GMO insect proteins and dog kidney cells". One, if it's only for profit, why not a cheaper placebo formula? Second, why use harmful toxins and risk injury to patients, risking expensive lawsuits? Third, how could they get such an allegedly useless yet toxic substance past the FDA? And you can't say bribes and lobbyists, because if it were that easy, we'd be inundated with new, expensive medications all the time.

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Posted on November 16 at 10:53 p.m.

"I agree with most of what Sothep has to write until the last line. This proves bilid's assertion that the mask indeed becomes the scarlet (letter) mask. Just because someone didn't get a flu shot you are willing to base all future medical needs of a loved one on this? " - sharpen123

Don't read anything I write too literally; that last line was intended to provoke a response, which it certainly has.

That said, I do stand behind the basic idea therein - modern medicine is ever-changing, and is increasingly successful because of evidence-based over anecdotal practices. The refusal by a clinician to follow what evidence-based practice indicates makes the quality of care that clinician provides suspect.

Does it automatically mean she's a bad doctor? No, of course not, but it does raise an eyebrow. If a traffic cop didn't know the speed limits in his beat, it doesn't mean he's a bad cop, but it should make you question his ability to accurately enforce other laws.

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Posted on November 14 at 10:35 p.m.

As a healthcare worker, you should understand the principles of evidence-based practice, and get your flu shot.

The actual, documented risk associated with not getting your vaccines far outweighs the miniscule and largely imagined risk associated with the vaccines themselves.

I'm glad the hospital is making them wear masks... if I or a loved one end up in there, it helps identify the doctors, nurses, etc I don't want.

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Posted on September 5 at 10:20 p.m.

Those criticizing the officer have obviously no experience or training in weapons or the use of deadly force. From all accounts this officer reacted appropriately to protect himself, and now has to bear the psychological trauma the rest of his days.

I am grateful that the officer is safe, and grateful to him that he was there instead of innocent civilians who could easily have been killed.

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Posted on August 30 at 9:45 p.m.

Innocent until proven guilty has nothing to do with assuming a passive defense. If a defense attorney can discredit evidence/testimony presented against the accused, then guilt cannot be proved, thus the person is innocent.

Sounds like you're making your own presumptions.

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