2017-08-10 / Guest Column

THE POINTING FINGER

Well, This One Was Armed
BY DR. STEPHEN FINGER

“An ‘Unarmed’ Young Man Was Shot…”

Was that the important thing? That he was unarmed?

Is the cop really supposed to fight back with his bare hands, even if he feels his life is in danger, because, if he uses his gun and if the guy he’s trying to arrest is unarmed, then it wasn’t a “fair” fight? (By the way, what if the “policeman” is a policewoman? Still not allowed to shoot? SHE also has to “fight fair?”)

Well, if the cop is the only one with a gun, then it might not be a fair fight but....IT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE A “FAIR” FIGHT. An arrest is not a duel. It’s not Man from La Mancha. The cop is supposed to win. You’re supposed to give up. You’re being arrested. Tomorrow, you’ll have a lawyer and then there’ll be the judge.

Too often we see what happens when the other guy is armed. That’s the way it will always be if the bad guy has a gun. Nobody reads a cop his Miranda rights. It’s just, BANG!

Dr. Finger practices medicine (Otolaryngology) in Brooklyn, NY. (718) 692- 1515. drstevefinger@aol.com - Visit our blog at: www.drfinger.org

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