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Alternatives to police killing scary citizens-A story from the civilized country of Japan

Japanese police have a hell of a lot more skill, courage, and patience than Portland police.
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)


This is from a discussion archive. The original article can't be found. The discussion is very interesting. Click the link to read it.

"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.

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There was more to this story 05.May.2004 12:32


This story was told me by someone in Japan with a bit more information. The teen approached the cop, pulled out a knife and stabbed the cop. The cop said "Don't do that!" and grabbed away the knife. The kid pulled out another knife and stabbed the cop again. This happened three times, apparently an attempt provoke suicide by cop. Finally the fed up cop put an end to it by shooting the kid in the leg!

This story is hard to believe in our country, but it is true.