Dallas Mayor: “I’m Very Happy” About Bomb Robot
The moral line between “combat” and “crime” became even more blurred in Dallas, when, just after 1am Friday, the Dallas Police Chief turned to the Mayor as the stood at Parkland Hospital and informed the mayor that the had decided to kill the suspect now holed up in a parking garage. Moreover, he would do this with an improvised explosive device attached to the departments Bomb Disposal Robot.
The Mayor approved the plan, stating later that he was “very happy” with the decision, both at the time and later, when he discovered the Dallas PD had ventured into uncharted waters, opening the debate nationwide as to Police actions in the event of a crises situation.
So let’s talk about this a bit, shall we?
First of all, this man had no intention of surviving the attack. Inasmuch as it was an attack on the DPD, it was also functionally suicide by cop, although I believe that distinction to be flawed in that his purpose was not simply to die, it was primarily to kill as many Officers as he could in the process.
Secondly, nobody – least of all myself – mourns for this man. He made his decision, and that decision was to commit a crime. A heinous and infamous crime, which – in my opinion – he possibly believed would ignite a further outpouring of violence and animosity, all on the basis of the flawed concept that is the #blacklivesmatter movement. So let us be clear, I am neither sad nor upset that the shooter is deceased.
I am however, deeply concerned that the issues of substantive due process appear to have been – at the very least – changed by this matter, and that the overall response to that change has been, in effect, “Good, he deserved it.”
Which brings me to my final point – are we the people comfortable with the idea that the Dallas Police Department, has by its actions and approval by the local governmental authority, changed not just the procedural process for future events of this nature, but has in fact, changed the substantive due process for the entire nation, without so much as a single law being passed or signed or reviewed.
Are we truly okay with that?