Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

What was the point?

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While on break, I received an e-mail talking about the shooting of a doctorate student here at UF. It described that there was a disturbance in his apartment and the police were called. I am not quite sure why the police felt the need to shoot him? The report never stated that he was a threat to any of the officers or that he had caused harm to someone else. Why could they not have used another method? How traumatizing is it to not only be shot but to be shot in your own home by the police who are supposed to be concerned about your safety and well-being. I wonder how this incident is going to shape the student’s view of the police and his trust towards them.


Written by deanna15

March 15, 2010 at 9:15 pm

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  1. To my understanding of this story, the police did use other methods to try to subdue this student. I heard that he was shot with a rubber bullets, then tazed, then after he still continued to approach officers they decided to use lethal force on the student. Why they decided to shoot him in the face is beyond me. I feel like shooting the student in the leg would have sufficed, but then again I have never been in the position of an officer that has a man charging at him.


    March 17, 2010 at 12:45 pm

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