By Patryk Patrioti
With so much news in the media about police shootings, it’s no wonder there seems to be a great mystery about how, when, and where the police can use their firearms. I thought I’d take a minute to explain the legalities in some detail.
Police are neither trained to “shoot to kill” nor “shoot in nonlethal places”. They are trained to aim for and shoot at the the center of available mass until the threat is stopped. Period.
Medically speaking, it can take from seconds to minutes for your shots to become effective and stop the threat. Simply shooting someone in the arm or leg won’t necessarily stop their ability to attack you, especially if they are likewise armed with a firearm. Wounds to the vital organs are necessary for instant threat removal, and by nature- those tend to be lethal.