The shooting of Tamir Rice made me think about a distantly related topic: Are or should child soldiers in combat (i.e., African war zones) be treated differently (in terms of shoot or don’t shoot) than adult soldiers?
On the one hand, they’re just children. On the other hand, an AK-47 in the hands of a child soldier with full intent to kill is just as deadly as an AK-47 in the hands of an adult soldier with full intent to kill.
Rice, of course, had no intent to kill a cop. Some people defend the police officer involved in the Tamir Rice shooting with this argument: Guns are lethal no matter whose hands they are in, and how could the officer tell the gun was fake? But some people condemn the police officer with this argument: Rice was a child; the officer still could or should have resorted to far less extreme measures, such as talking him into putting the gun down, whether the gun was real or fake.
Does the US military have particular procedures for situations in which US troops are facing child soldiers? Try to fire warning shots but not shoot the child soldiers? Only use lethal force if the situation absolutely, absolutely requires it (i.e., not using force would result in entire battalion of US troops being killed in short order?)