DFL-endrosed gubernatorial candidate Erin Murphy commented on the Thurman Blevins shooting on Facebook.
He ran, yes. He was armed, yes. He reportedly was drunk and had fired shots, yes. All of those things might have led to his death, but none of them had to. I don’t understand why calmly starting a conversation wasn’t an option or wouldn’t have been a better course.
There is something about the whole “Shots Fired” thing that tends to make cops a little edgy. Also everyone else – provided they’re in the real world, and not on Facebook, opining for a tame, partisan crowd.
(And am I the only one thinking “so why isn’t ‘starting a calm conversation with gun owners, rather than advocating confiscations and wholesale crushing of civil liberties, not an option for you, Miss
Just a few days ago in South St. Paul a mentally ill man was reported to be threatening people at a group home. Officers arrived and engaged with the man. He too had a gun, he actually fired it at and shot the officers, injuring two of them. They subdued him not with a hail of bullets but with other tools, their words, their determination to find a better solution. Those officers— Todd Waters, Derek Kruse, Dennis Brom and Julie Bishop, are heroes who found humanity in what must have been the worst and scariest situation in their lives.
The message? Cops should be willing to get shot first, then ask questions.
Is there a conversation to be had about use of police force? About the limits or shape of qualified immunity? Absolutely.
Is Erin Murphy the one to be lecturing the cops about it?
I don’t know much about Thurman Blevins. Had the officers approached the situation differently he might be in jail right now for firing his weapon into the sky and ground, or could be sitting on that curb with his family enjoying a morning off. I don’t know.
I’m no cop fanboy – but this may be the dumbest bunch of monday-morning quarterbacking I’ve ever seen.