Friday, November 17, 2006

Can't we all just get [some common sense]?

"But [Assistant Chief of Police] Young said at the time the police likely had no way of knowing whether the individual was armed or that he was a student."

Some ways you can tell if he was a student without a BruinCard:
-run his name through the system
-have him use his password and log on to a computer terminal
-have him show his textbooks, course reading, etc.
-have his friends with BruinCards vouch for him

Whether he was armed:
When can police ever tell if someone is armed? Some extensions of that logic: if someone is pulled over for driving without a license, police should taser the driver, since there's no way to know if the driver is armed. If someone is given a jaywalking ticket (they actually give those in LA), police should taser him if he can't produce ID.

As we all know, college libraries are extremely high-risk areas and college library patrons are extremely high-risk individuals and police can reasonably expect these high-risk individuals to be armed in these high-risk area.

3 Comments:

Blogger Butterflyfish said...

I think you're $$$ assessment is dead on if the facts are as you reported... too lazy to read what the official news outlets said of the incident, but thanks for the links anyway. may check them out if I get bored in torts.

Completely unrelated: my word verification letters are UCCWTF
1Ls out there: too true, is it not?

9:55 AM  
Blogger 1L @ UT Law said...

I agree wholeheartedly.

2:08 AM  
Blogger Hellfireblogs said...

That's kinda' backaward, no offence. Cops didn't just up and tase that kid, he acted like he was having an episode, maybe it was a tantrum, but surely you not saying it's the cops duty to get killed when some drugged up hippy refuses to comply with his orders, that cops have to wait until a beligerent person actually injures them before they subdue him.
If he was armed, the cops pussyfooted around with him, and then he knifed soem student sitting nearby, what would you say then?

12:47 PM  

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