A sergeant entered the seventh-floor apartment and encountered the woman, who was armed with scissors, but he persuaded her to put them down, Nikunen said.So far, so good. She put down the scissors. Then things go south.
The woman grabbed a baseball bat and attempted to strike the sergeant, Nikunen said. The officer fired two shots, striking the woman in the torso, he said. She died of her injuries after being taken to Jacobi Medical Center.Aw, hell. Using a baseball bat is lethal force. The officer responded with lethal force, and from the facts presented so far in the story, it appears to be reasonable. Based on everything I've learned from 35 years as an officer, under existing case law, the officer did what he had to do. It is regrettable, as are all fatalities, but not improper.
The usual suspects are upset that the woman died. But back to Tam's analysis, I can't disagree with her reasoning.
Look, y'all, if you see someone swinging a baseball bat at me and I'm not already shooting them, I'd be much obliged if you'd get to shooting them for me. I don't care if they're 16 or 66 or what bathroom they use or if they're white or black or a sort of tie-dyed color.That's pretty much the way I feel. A baseball bat is lethal force.