The suspect swiped the officer's gun and even entered a police vehicle in a struggle that offers a glimpse of the life & death consequences confronting police every day . . . Still, the shooting victim's family challenged police for a "failure" to deescalate the situation.
Accordingly, this passage is telling about the common misconception . . .
Although not commenting specifically on this case, a special agent with the ATF previously explained that de-escalation is not a mandatory tactic.
Instead, he says it's something officers try if safety and time are on their side.
"These situations can go from very calm, to very threatening and life or death situations in a split second," James Balthazar, a senior special agent at the ATF, said. "That's one of the reasons the Supreme Court, even in Graham vs. Connor, they said that people have to make allowances for the fact that officers are making these decisions in situations that are tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving."
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - On the same week the Kansas City area laid a North Kansas City police officer to rest, the release of another video of an officer involved shooting demonstrates how quickly a situation can turn deadly. KSHB 41 obtained body worn camera video from the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department in the shooting death of Lionel Womack .
Take a look at a better glimpse of the footage . . .
You decide . . .