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Harm Reduction in Police Apprehensions

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Recent tragedies in police apprehensions call up ideas for harm reduction. A not visibly armed, non-compliant, fleeing subject should not be deemed reasonably suspicious enough to be treated as a presumptive felon. Humans, even non-compliant ones, deserve at least as much care in apprehension as "valuable" wild animals. Police could be equipped with relatively indelible ink paintball guns to mark runaway non-compliants and also gun-fired large -- animal capture nets. The latter don't always succeed with a single shot. But they also would be useful when there is a large physical difference between officer(s) and suspect in favor of the suspect. With great size differences there comes an increased probability of injury or death to officer(s) or subject owing to officer-unknown health problems. Police have enormously greater resources to apprehend individual non-compliants than they have to escape permanently. If human life is of high value, immediate escapes of unarmed non-compliants should not be held against officers.

Militarized SWAT teams can be partitioned to include "SAT's, Special Apprehensions Teams," with nets, one available on call 24/7, for cases of apprehensions in one - unarmed non-compliant versus officers. These SAT officers could be dressed in light colored (blood and injury showing) uniforms, and have several capture nets available. If there are less deaths and injuries of humans with their use, that's a positive gain, isn't it?

After all, such a tragedy could happen to WHITES too, your "punk" teenage kid, or your fat, fragile, drugged or demented uncle. They'll need their bodies as mobile as possible to evade the "autonomous weapons" whose development Obama has just sanctions: killer robots! Skynet, anyone?(killer drones, not yet nasty Terminators.)

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