Excerpts from an editorial by
Carol Swain appearing in The
Tennessean 12-31-2014, Political correctness trumped safety in police shooting:
There is a stench of politics in how the entire situation was handled. The officers knew they were dealing with a suspect who reportedly had a gun and a criminal background. Yet, they departed from their training and protocol apparently to avoid the repercussions that would likely follow a police shooting of a young black male, even an armed one.
Clearly, we don't want police officers abusing citizens. However, they do have a dangerous job to perform, and that job is hampered if political correctness and fear of the community overrides good judgment.
Dr. Swain is a professor of political science and Law at Vanderbilt University.