How is it that German police can disarm a man wielding a samurai sword without hurting him, by using a broomstick, while Washington county police shoot and kill a teenager holding a three-inch fishing knife, and an unarmed mentally ill man dies after three Portland policemen rough him up?
According to a news report, in Hamburg, Germany a man swung a samurai sword violently at police as they tried to disarm him. If this happened in Oregon almost certainly he would have been filled with bullets.
But the polizei used a broomstick to subdue him. Check out the videotape. It puts Portland-area police to shame. Guess they should bring over some German police to show them how to use guts rather than a Glock to save lives.
Samurai swords are fearsome weapons. A lot more fearsome than a knife with a three-inch blade. A National Geographic channel special, “Fight Science,” concluded that a katana is the ultimate sword (compared to a straight Tai Chi sword or a curved broadsword).
Pretty simple. Nobody got hurt. Because the polizei (1) have more balls than Oregon police and (2) don’t have a reflex reaction to pull out a gun when it isn’t necessary.
In the Sunday Opinion section, a retired Portland police officer, Jim Bellah, wrote, "I seriously doubt anyone who is being critical [of the Lukus Glenn slaying] has ever had to face that kind of situation."
I have faced that kind of situation several times, and I am very thankful that I did not kill the person who was wielding the knife. I can sleep at night. An officer who has taken the step to end another person's life is hardly an expert on other possible options.
As a police officer for many years during the turbulent 1960s and '70s in a major metropolitan area, I faced and dealt with drunks with knives, and not-so-drunks with guns. I do not feel that makes me an expert, either, but I do believe that three officers facing a drunk teenager with a three-inch knife could have disarmed him without killing him, without getting cut themselves, and most surely not risking death.
Glenn is dead because two officers chose to shoot him and end his young life. There has to be a better way.
I’ve said before that police need more martial arts training. In confrontations maybe they’ll get some bloody noses and bruises. But they’re sworn to serve and protect, not kill without reason.