Ethics Plays No Role in Decisions When It Comes To Police Safety

News spreads quickly these days and such was the case when the unfortunate events unfolded in Dallas, Texas on July 7th of this year. The shooting of 11 Dallas-area law enforcement officers, 5 fatally, unfolded on live television almost as fast as the event was first reported. It is the way of the world these days and it was no different in Dallas on that tragic July evening. Part of the news that spread rapidly that evening was the fact that the alleged shooter was apparently taken down by a police robot laden with a small amount of explosives.

Many people openly decried that killing the assailant with a robot was unethical in nature. I for one totally disagree with these people’s assessment of this unusual tactic used by Dallas law enforcement. This assailant had just murdered five police officers in cold blood whose only crime was being an officer who was a race other than African American. These were cold and calculated killings that were carried out from an elevated position above a mostly-peaceful rally that was being staged because of recent accusations against acts of perceived police brutality against African-Americans in other parts of the country.

RobotThe shooter moved expertly around different levels of a building to gain a shooting advantage but was eventually flushed out by police into a nearby parking garage where he was cornered. This obviously was a well-trained individual and, if police had not used the robot, more injuries or deaths that evening would have been a distinct possibility. Why would any sane police officer in charge of this active shooter situation ever make any decision other than to use the robot? The robot effectively ended the standoff without further risk of loss to law enforcement personnel.

Details are still sketchy on the exact nature of the robot or bomb that was used to take down the alleged assailant, but what we do know is police said they used a small amount of C4 explosives directly aimed at the cornered shooter. This is the first known use of police robots being used in an offensive manner and the first known death to an individual as a result. In the past, robots were mainly configured to do surveillance and to safely handle live bombs.

The use of robots was first done by the military for the same purpose, but there have been reports of the robots being used as a weapon before too. A few military veterans recalled the robots being used to eliminate insurgents during the war in Iraq. Critics of the use of lethal force by robots wonder where the police will draw the line and what much-less-volatile situations they may be used for in a lethal capacity. Many observers feel the police would have tried to negotiate with the shooter longer if the robot was not an option.

As more details about the ending of the standoff are revealed, police will better be able to assess using robots to end crises like this in the future.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Craig has been writing for several years but just recently made freelance writing a full time profession after leaving behind 26 years working in the swimming pool construction industry. He served four years in the US Air Force as an Imagery Interpreter Specialist in Okinawa, Japan and at SAC Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. As a staunch supporter of law enforcement personnel, emergency medical technicians, firemen, search and rescue personnel and those who serve in the military, Craig is proud to contribute to the US Patriot blog on their behalf.
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