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Laquan McDonald

With a name like “Laquan,” it’s as if his mother wanted him to become a criminal.

That aside, Laquan was breaking into cars, and when he was surrounded by police, instead of surrendering to them, he continued to walk around with a knife in his hand, he punctured a police car tire with his knife, and he was looking for a way to escape.

Now, the current rule is that the police are only allowed to use deadly force if a person poses an immediate danger to civilians or the cops. This is a change from the traditional centuries-old rule that law enforcement could shoot at someone who committed a felony and who refused to surrender to the police.

The police officer who shot Laquan violated the current rule, but I’m not sure the current rule is really such a good idea. It encourages criminals to disobey the police, and the police are forced to physically subdue the perpetrator which puts the police at risk, and in the long run I think that the result has been that the police go overboard with physically subduing people and do so unnecessarily. In the past, the police would more civilly give suspects the right to surrender peacefully, knowing that they could shoot them if they refused to cooperate or tried to run away.

In any event, Laquan could have easily avoided getting shot by the police if he had simply surrendered after he got caught. Even better, he shouldn’t have been breaking into cars in the first place.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 29, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Posted in Crime

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  1. “With a name like “Laquan,” it’s as if his mother wanted him to become a criminal.”

    Or a Scottish laird.

    ‘Laquan Mcdonald’ sure beats ‘Alex Salmond’

    Dave

    November 29, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    • “Quan” is a Chinese surname.

      In Spanish, “la” is a feminine article of speech.

      Damn this diversity.

      Socially Extinct

      November 29, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      • I figured he was named after the long-serving Singapore prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew.

        Anthony

        November 30, 2015 at 2:19 pm

  2. I wonder how his dad felt…A real shame too. He was cleaning up his act and was a rapper as well.

    Noodles

    November 29, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    • He was cleaning up his act and was a rapper as well.

      LOL! Every black thug who goes to his grave in a hail of gunfire is described in the press—next to a photo of him in high school cap and gown—as in the process of getting his act together, planning to enroll in college the next year, and wanting to make it as a rapper.

      The silver lining in each of these “terrible tragedies” is that the world is spared another rapper.

      Jonathan Silber

      November 29, 2015 at 8:34 pm

  3. It’s uncanny how many of these black criminals have these whackadoodle first names. But then the saint of Ferguson MO was plain old Michael.

    Ripple Earthdevil

    November 29, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    • Zebulum James is the winner this month. But hey, December is here on Tuesday!

      Noodles

      November 29, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      • Zebulum, or Zebulon, is actually a biblical name that refers to one of the tribes of Israel. So while unusual is traditional and not made-up.

        Ripple Earthdevil

        November 29, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      • Zebulon Vance was Governor of North Carolina during the Civil War.

        Curle

        November 29, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      • Zebulon Pike, of Pike’s Peak fame, is perhaps the most well-known Zebulon.

        steve@steve.com

        November 30, 2015 at 8:54 am

  4. “In the past, the police would more civilly give suspects the right to surrender peacefully, knowing that they could shoot them if they refused to cooperate or tried to run away.”

    Well there is no chance of going back to those rules. I imagine we’ll be going in the other direction.

    Mike Street Station

    November 29, 2015 at 3:44 pm

  5. The most disgusting thing about black culture is the fact that their heroes are all criminals.

    Hepp

    November 29, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    • This is a recent development, tied in on a timeline almost perfectly with the substitution of American unskilled labor with illegals who are spared things that increase the cost of labor to employers above and beyond base wages, like unemployment insurance, worker’s comp, payroll tax, the ability to unionize, etc. It has very little to do with the color of their skin. Few people would choose a life of crime in which an early death and/or near-lifetime incarceration was the end of the line for as many as a quarter of men if they had any other viable option.

      Viscount Douchenozzlé

      November 30, 2015 at 3:03 pm

  6. Of course his name was Laquan, that’s African for dumbass!

    People really think of shootings as some sort of Olympic discipline and how anything not resembling a duel between respectable gentlemen is somehow unfair. It’s almost seen as an offense against sportsmanship when the police puts someone “only” holding a knife down, the troopers didn’t even count to ten, sacrebleu!

    Which reminds me of Mythbusters Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight:

    “The myth is that it is foolish to bring a knife to a gunfight, but, if you were standing in front of me with a knife in your hand, and I’ve got a gun in my holster, I think I’m in danger! What do we want to know? What is the minimum distance at which a knife is in fact dangerous to a person with a gun.”

    The very liberal Adam Savage concludes:

    “When you hear the phrase, don’t bring a knife to a gun fight, it implies, that if you’re the one holding the gun, you should feel completely relaxed in your superior firepower against your opponents stone-age tool, and I think we totally busted that myth.”

    Essentially MythBusters did the so called Tueller Drill:

    “A self-defense training exercise to prepare against a short-range knife attack when armed only with a holstered handgun.

    Sergeant Dennis Tueller, of the Salt Lake City, Utah Police Department wondered how quickly an attacker with a knife could cover 21 feet (6.4 m), so he timed volunteers as they raced to stab the target. He determined that it could be done in 1.5 seconds. These results were first published as an article in SWAT magazine in 1983 and in a police training video by the same title, “How Close is Too Close?”

    A defender with a gun has a dilemma. If he shoots too early, he risks being charged with murder. If he waits until the attacker is definitely within striking range so there is no question about motives, he risks injury and even death. The Tueller experiments quantified a “danger zone” where an attacker presented a clear threat.”

    Dennis Tueller Interview (YouTube)

    guest

    November 29, 2015 at 7:15 pm

  7. The police officer who shot Laquan violated the current rule, but I’m not sure the current rule is really such a good idea. It encourages criminals to disobey the police, and the police are forced to physically subdue the perpetrator which puts the police at risk, and in the long run I think that the result has been that the police go overboard with physically subduing people and do so unnecessarily. In the past, the police would more civilly give suspects the right to surrender peacefully, knowing that they could shoot them if they refused to cooperate or tried to run away.

    It always struck me as very unlikely that the optimum police strategy wouldn’t vary considerably based on the demographics that the police are dealing with. Although it also always seemed to me that the police reactions in different situations were as much the result of the officers personality and mood as the ethnicity of the person they’re dealing with.

    Lloyd Llewellyn

    November 29, 2015 at 7:52 pm

  8. …when he was surrounded by police, instead of surrendering to them, he continued to walk around with a knife in his hand, he punctured a police car tire with his knife, and he was looking for a way to escape

    I may be expecting too much from Laquan, but did he have no concept of probability whatsoever?

    markus

    November 29, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    • “I may be expecting too much from Laquan, but did he have no concept of probability whatsoever?”

      Black behavior in general. They live for the moment.

      Mobutu

      November 29, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    • Drugs were probably involved.

      Half Canadian

      November 30, 2015 at 6:23 pm

  9. Obviously, you get a name like Laquan from your parents/mom if they/she wants you to grow up to be “black, not black-ish”.

    Greg Pandatshang

    November 29, 2015 at 10:45 pm

  10. I weep not for Laquan.

    fakeemai

    November 29, 2015 at 11:02 pm

  11. The fleeing felon rule is still valid in many states as common law and and been codified in many including Florida pertaining to law enforcement specifically. I believe that is also applies to civilians in Florida, though that matter isn’t completely clear.

    Josh

    November 29, 2015 at 11:23 pm

  12. There seems little question that Laquan McDonald was not obeying orders from the police. He had slashed the tire of a police car with his folding 3″ pocket knife and was apparently attempting to walk away from police. According to the autopsy report he was high on PCP.

    The police officer that shot McDonald was not the initial officer on the scene who had been attempting to arrest McDonald. In fact the officer that shot McDonald had just arrived and began shooting about 6 secs after leaving his vehicle. McDonald fell to the ground after being hit. The officer briefly stopped shooting, then emptied the rest of his 16 shot pistol into McDonald after he moved slightly on the ground.

    The initial officer to arrive on the scene who had been trying to arrest McDonald has stated that he saw no reason to use force.

    A security camera at a Burger King may have recored the shooting. The manager of the Burger King says that a number of police officers requested to view the video on the night of the incident. The next day it was found that 86 mins of the video at the time of the shooting had been erased.

    mikeca

    November 30, 2015 at 11:10 am


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