Should the police have the authority to kill any felon who flees from police?
Pof - We've talked about this. Police should only be allowed to shoot people after completing a shooting justification form AND confirming the racial makeup of the victim continues to represent a fair cross section of the population. This requires access to passport data. Since not everyone has a passport, some citizens do not qualify for being shot by the police. That is just the cost of having a well run society.
As far as "felons" are concerned, I appreciate that you prefer the term, "people who have documented felonious acts induced by their physical being." It really emphasizes that they're people first and criminals second. I've been impressed by how well the Republican Party has gotten onboard with this branding. Usually they are the last to join the PC bandwagon - but everyone gets to be line leader sometimes. The repos just needed to find a class of people they felt deserved protection.
Here is my question: Is it okay for police to shoot a well known rapist in the back?
Yes, in the back.
Absolutely not.. Only situation where I could see that it'd be necessary is if someone else's life was in peril at that given moment.
Only if they are under threat of violence should they be aloudbto us force.
If they’re a felon, then they’ve already been proven to have broken the law, egregiously.
They don’t have the authority. Anyone simply fleeing has ceased violence and it would no longer be a defensive action to kill them unless they are fleeing with stolen property.
In some cases, yes.
The poll says “any.”
Some is any.
In the context, “any” means any. So it’s asking if it would be acceptable in all cases.
If they are unarmed for a non-violent felony yes. So if the man started punching people and tried running then yeah.
If the man is just evading then no lethal force.
If the man looks like he's reaching for a weapon in anyway force is permitted.
how do they know they're a fellon?
No, you should only be killed by the police if you pose a great threat and non-lethal means are not avaliable or practical.
For anyone wondering, it used to be legal to kill a fleeing felon on sight, whether or not said felon was posing a threat.