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    Default police shooting justified?

    To summarize, police came upon a young man in a bad neighborhood and they believed he was hidding a gun in this jacket.

    The cops released a police dog on the man when they claimed to see a gun.

    The young man shot the dog and the police shot the man.

    Officer kills man during run-in with K-9

    Today over 200 people attended the dog's funeral.

    Hundreds mark passing of police dog

    video clip Pittsburgh K-9 Killed In Line Of Duty Remembered - Pittsburgh News Story - WTAE Pittsburgh


    I'm not really sure what the cops expected to happen when they released the dog.

    I assume most people holding a gun would shoot a German Shepard that was attacking them.

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    Default Re: police shooting justified?

    The actual shooting is justified. A guy shooting a police dog will probably shoot at the cop afterwards- and did, according to the article.

    If I'm not mistaken, police dogs are trained specifically to disarm subjects, presumably the cop was hoping the dog would take the guy out and prevent gunfire. From the article it's not entirely clear if the cop gave the guy an opportunity to give up the gun peacefully, or what the guy was doing with his gun. Did the cop just stop a random guy on the street because he was carrying a weapon? Perhaps a more peaceful solution could have been found?

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    Default Re: police shooting justified?

    Pittsburgh Police: Man Shot Dead After Killing K-9 With Stolen Gun - Pittsburgh News Story - WTAE Pittsburgh from this link it sounds like the officers had good cause to stop the man, and good reason to fire in self-defence.

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