So do the police stand around and let bike lock play Home Run Derby on people's skulls? In the US, the bias will be for action in the vast majority of cases.
There is probably going to be some police intervention at this point in a case like this, and that intervention is likely going to be armed. I'm personally all for the police to be highly trained and tactically effectively, but there are only so many training hours in a day and frankly limited appetite among the city budgeteers for ammunition, specialist trainers and the like. So, some cops (overwhelmingly gun aficionados in my experience, and unsurprisingly so) are going to be better at this than others.
But in this case I even question the need for it to be an immediate armed response. He’s swinging a bike lock that looks to be about a foot long at most, in a confined space and he’s already backing himself into a clever. Surround him (there was no shortage of officers on scene) and take him down with a baton or a taser. Or even just by pointing the rifle at him and giving him orders.
(Personally I think tasers are a bit overstated and misunderstood, particularly the “less than lethal” vs non lethal aspect, plus so many departments don’t actually have them)
The officer who fired gives off a bad feeling from the start. He wanted to be in front with his rifle, acting like he’s gonna Rambo his way through Target. Ever if they needed a firearm…why are they reaching for an ar15 style rifle? Why not the service pistol that they all have?
I’m all for the police doing their job to ensure their own safety and that of others, but it’s a tough one to defend when the criminal caused a few injuries, and the police caused 2 deaths.