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Dallas Officers Shoot Man Wielding Screwdriver

Two Dallas police officers shot Jason Harrison, 38, at his home on June 14. Police said at the time that Harrison’s mother told them he was making “violent threats” and that Harrison, who was armed with a screwdriver, became aggressive when the officers ordered him to drop it. More Here.

March 17, 2015

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Ima Leprechaun @ 3/17/2015 7:38 PM

There was no time for less than lethal force. The attack started within a yard of the Officers and a screw driver can kill just as easily as a knife. The female first out the door completely hides the suspect from the Officers and gives him cover to begin his attack until it is too late. You can see him lunge at the closest officer with the screw driver up and in the stabbing position coming down toward the Officer. Even after he is shot he refused to drop the weapon. The woman that gave the suspect cover is the person at fault here and she should have stayed out of the event altogether. It was like a combined planned attack on the Officers.

Jim B. @ 3/19/2015 7:27 AM

I don't think you can blame the mother here or accuse her of being at fault. I get the impression here that the mother had called the police about her son (according to the linked article, he had been making violent threats). When the police arrive, she opens the door to them and then walks out of the house to get out of the way as she advises the officers of what is going on (although not in particularly in depth terms). Her son follows her to the door carrying a screwdriver and the officers correctly confront him about the screwdriver and the situation unfolds from there.

The officers performed correctly and did what they had to do to defend themselves and, like you say, there was no time for any less lethal or intermediate weapons.

Cody @ 3/20/2015 6:45 AM

you've got to be kidding me, another "unarmed, innocent" black man.

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/27/2015 5:54 AM

I never asserted the attack was planned by anyone. But cover was given to the assault which allowed the suspect time to take advantage of the situation. But I said "it was like" a planned attack due to the circumstances which allowed the opportunity to present itself. She did provide cover to her son whether willingly or accidentally. I cannot understand why she was leaving if it was indeed her home. But cover was given to obscure the attacker until it was too late to react with anything less than lethal force. So I guess the proper wording was, she provided the opportunity for the suspect to take advantage of the situation. Some people reading this are not in Law Enforcement and do not understand the rules of engagement and get hung up on rhetoric and not content.

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