Monday, February 12, 2007

Police and suicide

There's TV coverage on local TV about some guy in OKC who's sitting in a pickup thinking about shooting himself.

I don't know what prompted this guys despair.

But, now he's surrounded with dozens of armed cops. I'm sure that's gonna make him feel better.

Suicide is about people who feel extreme helplessness and loneliness. How is that helped by dozens of unneeded cops? These guys are not helping. A couple of empty cars to block his moving the pickup and a couple of cops across the street to talk to him, and that's it. Anything more than that just isolates the guy and makes him even more helpless. They aren't helping him, they are just making it more likely he's going to kill himself.

UPDATE. Current video shows that most of the police have been pulled back, at least out of sight. It appears that at least someone invovled in running the OKC police has the brains of a grasshopper.

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