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The failure in Lancaster occurred when a person who desperately needed help was allowed to degrade to the point that the criminal justice system was employed to kill him. As indicated in another thread, this was a person with a history, and the system failed him well before the four bullets were fired. Even if you feel that his family should have done more, there are alternatives to the police. For example, a program in Denver has been in place since June in which mental health professionals are sent to deal with people who need help rather than sending in police officers trained to escalate a situation. They would likely would not be called in this situation but might have made a difference in some of the previous situations this person found himself in.I don't like tasers because they are also dangerous to the user. If you are in contact with the person you use it on, you become part of the circuit. Mace is messy, and does not always work. I hear it doesn't work as well on people who use a lot of hair spray, for example. Batons are less lethal than guns, but can maim the target, plus you don't want a guy with a knife close enough to club.
The situation in Lancaster is exactly the situation where a gun is needed. I can't think of another solution, short of only hiring cops with Bruce Lee levels of ninja training or something, which is unrealistic.
I like that the officer only fired 4 shots. Maybe one or two more than he needed, maybe not, but he did not empty the magazine like we see officers doing all over the country. He was clearly under pressure, but he showed restraint. This was not a wild, panicked shooting. It was a bit chaotic, but the officer kept his cool and did it right.