I am opening this thread in GD, but came very close to putting in the Pit instead (where I might have entitled it ‘A Fucking Execution’).
When I ask if we should expect the police to show courage, I am referring to an incident that occurred in my city, Toronto, several days ago. Specifically, while brandishing a 3-inch knife, alone in a streetcar (a trolley car), an 18-year-old boy was shot (at) nine times and then, for good measure, Tasered. You can watch it here and find out a bit more here. The kid died before he got to the hospital.
Am I naive in wondering, if not expecting, that eight physically fit police officers, all wearing bullet-proof vests might have tried to disarm him? Or, failing that, have one of them approach him and try to “talk him down”? Or, is it unjustifiable to ask another young man (or woman) to risk his life in that way?
In my opinion, whether I am naive or not, the police at that scene were not only not brave, they were cowards.
ETA: Note that this 110 pound kid was Tasered after he was shot (88 sec mark on video)