Let’s look at this situation. Obviously there are more relevant facts to be released before these questions can be fully answered by anyone. And we can be sure that when all of the facts come out we may need to change the questions we are asking but we should be thinking about these questions and when they are answered we should take action if necessary.
1. Was excessive force used?
2. Is it possible to create a peaceful resolution using war tactics?
Were the non-lethal methods used humane? Torture doesn't kill you, at least for awhile. What is the expected outcome when you harass, tease and torture an already distraught man?
3. Who is it acceptable to wage war on? A suicidal man? A criminal? Someone with allegations against them? Someone with hostages?
4. Is the training our officers receive appropriate? Do they get frustrated if they have a lot of training and don’t get to use it in the field?
5. What if the officers had just waited him out? I am not talking about just not shooting him, I am talking about from early in the morning. What if they had not tear gassed, pepper balled, flash grenaded, tazered him and just waited. Eventually he would have had to eat, drink or sleep. He wasn't going anywhere - at least he couldn't drive anywhere, he was blocked in.
6. Was the protocol followed in this situation? Is the protocol appropriate? If it is not how do we go about getting that changed?
7. Do the current protocols encourage or discourage situations like this to escalate or come to peaceful resolutions?
9. Can /did someone local remain in charge who understood the situation or is control given away to someone else?
10. When more facts come out will I be willing to change my perspective if necessary?
11. Are forums like this useful? Do they just stir up drama and passions that no one does anything about? What is the best way to create change when we believe it is necessary?
12. Was Brian ordered to be shot? What was his physical body position when he was shot? Where was he shot? Was he saying anything at the time he was shot? Why did they let us believe for 24 hours that he had killed himself, when that must have been clear to the police within 15 minutes?
12. Is it possible to question something without being viewed as a ____hater or a conspiracy theorist?
13. Is the protocol appropriate that did not allow friends or family to speak face to face with Brian? If we wanted to risk our lives, sign waivers and approach him to talk to him, why couldn't we?
14. Did any police ask to talk to Brian ? (I do not think that this is their responsibility, but wondered if any asked and if they did were they allowed?)
15. What do you think other important questions are?
**Be sure to make it clear which questions you are responding to.