Miami Beach police officers will no longer treat a moving car as a deadly weapon — meaning officers won’t be allowed to shoot at one unless someone inside displays a weapon or opens fire first.
The deadly force policy change — expected to be unveiled by Police Chief Dan Oates next week — comes more than three years after the high-profile Memorial Day weekend shooting of motorist Raymond Herisse. He died in a bullet-riddled blue Hyundai targeted by 116 police rounds, which also wounded four innocent bystanders
I have been trying to find polite words for the past 10 minutes and I find myself failing. The stupidity of considering several thousand pounds of metal and plastic launched at you not being a deadly weapon is beyond comprehension…unless you factor in a heavy dose of Miami race politics.
Can I ask for Chief Oates to demonstrate the use of Less Lethal devices against a car coming at him? I’d pay good money to see him stop a truck with pepper spray.