Monday, January 5, 2009

"Don't Worry Ma'am, We're the Police, We're Here to Help..." BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM!

After being promised that officers responding to her call for help would be trained to deal with her mentally ill son, Stennie Meadours allows them to come in, whereupon the well-trained officers shoot him 14 times and he's dead within five minutes of their arrival.

Sure, they tried less lethal measures first, including shooting him with a bean bag when he would not come to them. Clearly, that was the wrong way to handle a visibly disturbed person who they know has a history of mental illness. And it clearly made the situation worse.

This case was so bad that even the Law And Order (and at that time far more Republican) Texas Legislature saw the need to deal with these situations differently and passed the Bob Meadours Act, requiring additional training for all officers in how to handle these situations.

Three of the four officers expressed no regret with how things went during the shooting, and of course they were never indicted by Harris County. Big surprise.

2 comments:

Tenderfoot said...

Perhaps a taser would have worked better.

Rage Judicata said...

Perhaps. Not sure if that particular PD had them back then. They did try a bean bag, but that's only good in conjunction with an immediate rush on the guy because it's not often incapacitating, if you ask me, and then you have to hit him just right.