The March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so you get a free epic. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will leave it open until at least Thursday night. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open a little longer.
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While fans may mourn his departure from this world, Death must be downright ecstatic -- he has so few friends, it's nice to pick up someone who's appreciative instead of abusive. I hope they have a jolly good ride.
None of this does any good if the officer is paranoid and delusional. By paranoid, I mean generally inclined to believe that everyone is out to get him when it is not the case. By delusional, I mean believing something which not only did not happen, but could not happen as claimed.
There is equipment designed to protect officers and other people around them. Regrettably it cannot overcome all human failings. If officers do not understand their equipment, use it properly, and trust that it will perform as designed -- then they can't take advantage of the safety features as intended.
Put these two factors together and the result is a loss of life which was entirely preventable. This is just one incident in a widespread pattern of police brutality marked not just by physical violence, but by deep psychological distortions. When one officer makes a mistake which unnecessarily kills a civilian, that person needs to find a different line of work. And when the same problem occurs repeatedly throughout multiple departments, then it indicates a pervasive flaw in law enforcement as a whole.
Of course, another consideration is that parts of this problem are not mistakes but are desired goals of a police state. That's a political issue and somewhat different.
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