Re: Since when does the govt have the right to burn people alive?
posted at 2/13/2013 2:28 PM EST
In response to massmoderateJoe's comment:
From what I read it appears that Dorner was trapped in a cabin and during a brief firefight shot two deputies killing one of them. Dorner had a scorch the earth approach here and seemed to be heading towards suicide by cop.
So San Berndino Sherriefs Dept brings in the swat vehicle and the opens up the sides of the cabin in order to leave him no place to hide and shoot, seems logical to me. Then once the cabin is opened up a single gun shot is heard from inside the cabin and the building bursts into flames. I don't think that the fire dept is about to put out a fire nor should they, risk the lives of its force to save a guy who has vowed to kill anyone that crosses him.
Most likely the autopsy will show death to be by a self inflicted single gun shot to head, good riddance. That being said; his claim may have been true and the case that caused him to be fired should be reopened for a real review, but the review would have been better if Dorner didn't go off the reservation with his vendetta.
Unfortuantely, it sounds like no one but the police were there. Unless there are leaks we may not find out what really happened.
I'm not going to indict them without proof, but I've seen enough cop rage in my cases and those of my colleagues that I would not rule out the possibility that where cops were killed, his/her fellows might retalite with such a brutal means of death.
Or, to simply not put much effort into getting the suspect out.
If they wanted to get him out by fire, what were they going to do? If the reason for using the fire is that he's been gunning them down, then the second he comes out they'll just shoot him. Fire sounds like one of the worst ways to go. Just shoot the place up from the outside if you need to kill him.
If he's still shooting at you, this isn't one of those "what do you do with a captured prisoner" situations.....
I expect a lot from officers in terms of constitutional rights, but I don't think one of their duties is to commit suicide in capturing a suspect who keeps opening fire on you.