Policeman shoots boy in knife attack in Chiba
Sunday, October 19, 2003 at 00:50 JST
CHIBA — A policeman on Saturday shot and seriously wounded a 15-year-old boy who stabbed him at a police box in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, after pretending he needed help, police said.
The boy approached the police post alone and suddenly tried to stab the policeman around 2:40 p.m. with three knives he had concealed. The boy was shot in the leg by the 36-year-old policeman, who suffered light injuries to his neck and face in the attack. (Kyodo News)
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"Don't Japanese police officers have to go through a training course in unarmed combat? If not, why not? I find it very hard to believe that the only course of action open to a supposedly trained 36-year-old attacked by a 15-year-old BOY, even one with a knife, is to shoot the kid. If he had time to draw his gun, he had time to disarm the boy.
There is definitely a pungent smell wafting around this story."
What a difference between our violent world and the Japanese!! What restraint! Portland police see and hand in a pocket and are justified with murder. God help us.