All h*ll broke loose in Dallas on Thursday night following hours of peaceful protests in the city. Shots rang out. Five officers were killed and six more were wounded. According to police chief David Brown, the tense standoff that ensued came to an end in the early hours of Friday morning in a way we have never seen before.
Negotiations broke down. We had an exchange of gunfire with the suspect,” Brown explained in a press conference. “We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was.
Read that one more time. That’s right, he said “bomb robot,” which is exactly what it sounds like; a robot with a bomb strapped to it. This information has been broadcast on mainstream media all morning, and no one has even blinked.
According to Fusion:
Typically, in violent standoffs involving gunfire, police wait out the suspects, or try to deploy snipers of their own to remove the threat. The general rule is that if police are not directly under threat of taking fire, they should try to bring home the suspect alive. Brown, though, said the robot was the only choice the force had.‘Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased,’ he said.
Yes, this is 1st use of robot in this way in policing. Marcbot has been ad hoc used this way by troops in Iraq. https://t.co/FfrsgLS2x1
— Peter W. Singer (@peterwsinger) July 8, 2016
One unit of soldiers put Claymore antipersonnel mines on their MARCBOTs. Whenever they thought insurgents were hiding in an alley, they would send a MARCBOT down first, not just to scout out the ambush, but to take them out with the Claymore.
Fusion points out that much like the tanks we saw on the streets of Ferguson, yet another “tactic of war deployed on foreign soil is being used on the streets of American cities.” Law enforcement argues that they need to be increasingly militarized in order to deal with the weaponry they find themselves up against. Maybe instead of allowing police to bomb suspects we should tighten up restrictions on the weapons we allow on our streets, like assault rifles. Just a thought.
April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.