Reader: Police didn't have to kill knife-wielding man

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Our post about a fatal officer-involved shooting near 29th and Downing noted that Denver police officers tried to use non-lethal force against a knife-wielding man before killing him. Our readers disagreed over whether the cops made the right call in the situation. Here's the take of one reader who voted "no."

Angie Lovato writes:

No I don't think they should of shot him. Yah if he was waving a knife around, why couldn't all the officers take him down. Aren't they trained for that sort of situation? Were they afraid of the knife -- or what were they afraid of and how many officers were out there? Really? In my opinion, a lot of Denver officers will only beat a man if they were drunk or they were a teenager in an alley or if there were no witnesses -- and again they should not have killed him. Anyone of the officers could have taken him down without killing him if they were trained right!!

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Andy Martin
Andy Martin

I would rather pay for their bullet than his incarceration. It is not like they are out shooting speeders. Don't be an asshole and you won't get shot.

ruffnrocky
ruffnrocky

Thug? Wasn't the guy 63 yrs old? They could have waited till he took his afternoon nap to apprehend him. 

Nick McCollum
Nick McCollum

These thugs could use an example or 2 of don't let this happen to you.

Eric Smiles
Eric Smiles

They rarely have to shoot to kill. They seem to enjoy blowing people away from time to time. It's not their fault, you'll see.

Suni Daze
Suni Daze

DENVER COPS kill more often than not in ANY situation . At one time DENVER POLICE was the most killingest cops in the country !! They shoot first.

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