By Braddah Lance
It finally hit home.
A couple days ago there was a shooting at Roosevelt High School and while I am totally relived it wasn't a mass type of shooting, where it seems to be an eerily growing commonplace on da mainland, it was still a shooting in a public school.... in Hawai'i.
From what I've read - and interpreted - HPD was called to Roosevelt HS to take into custody a non-student who was waiting in a counselors room. Once officers (3) arrived, the non-student became combative, brandished a large kitchen knife then lunged at an officer resulting in cutting his uniform and bullet proof vest. It also stated that the other officers received minor injuries as well but I couldn't tell if it was all of them or only one or two of them. Thereafter, an officer fired two shots one of which hit the arm of the non-student who was able to be detained right after.
Wat I no get is all da frickin' people bitchin', moaning and complaining about wat went down and how come a gun was pulled instead of a tazer and da fact dat there were three officers to da one person and couldn't "handle" blah blah bu!!$h!t.
Wassup Wit Dat!
I've had my "complaints" about HPD and some of their mannerisms but in a situation like dis, c'mon man! Hea's my "reasoning" why da shooting was "justified":
1) Da teenager was instantly combative da moment officers arrived
*** Da officers - from wat I know - NO officer in general enters a "safe" environment wit their hand on their holster looking to shoot.
2) Da teenager not only showed aggression but acted upon it and had it not been for da officers vest, who knows wat kine of damage da knife would have done to da officer's body dat was struck.
*** Last time I checked, a knife can kill - especially a LARGE one - and wen it IS a deadly instrument, using their issued weapon is approved. In addition, wen someone comes attacking wielding a knife, there's no way one would reach further down on their leg to unholster their tazer in time considering they were in a room and furthermore you need SPACE to fire da tazer in order for it to work effectively. Wat if he did go for his tazer and fired and it didn't work, HPD could be preparing a funeral instead of doing an investigation for justification. For those who've nevah been in a fight, things happen in milliseconds and reaction times need to be lighting fast. Wen one has to put their own life on da line, they should be afforded every opportunity to protect their own as well.
3) Once da teenager called for blood, it's a mattah of not only protecting one's life but da people da officers are sworn to protect.
*** I cannot tell who shot da teenager whether it be da officer dat was struck or da backup but in any case, not to have killed da suspect and only fired two shots with one hitting the arm, kudos to you. I cannot even imagine da thoughts flying through one's mind knowing you could die in dat instant but to (hopefully) be cognizant not to aim center mass earns my respect, if in fact he did so which I do not know.
Wat if your son or daughter or loved one was one of da oddah students in school in dat kine of situation? You're telling me you would tell da officer to be "nice"? Wat if da officers were nice and da suspect got away and then ran into da school wreaking havoc or heaven forbid, hold a hostage? There would be people calling for those officers head's no doubt! And why didn't dat happen? Cause da officers did their job and diffused da situation to da best of their ability and contained da threat.
Do I condone da use of a gun? No mattah wat, it depends cause it most definitely is NOT black and white but in this particular case wea da suspect literally tried to kill one of da officers in close quarters, uh, yeah. Now whether you're going for a center mass shot will ALWAYS be da debate of ages.
Does HPD need my reasoning to help or justify their actions in dis situation? Heck no! There are many more issues I have with all these back seat hind sight left wing/right winged people voicing their resentment to da actions but unless there are oddah facts brought forward, based on wat I read, I for one can stand next to those officers without hesitation and say they did their job.