Jim Palmer: Why police don’t shoot at arm or leg of threatening person

The loss of life is always a traumatizing event for those involved, their families and a caring community.

The officer-involved shootings in Madison that have occurred this year have understandably garnered a tremendous amount of attention and prompted a discussion about what should constitute an appropriate use of force.

It is important to appreciate that when an officer is forced to discharge his or her weapon, it is a split-second decision of last resort, made in the interest of protecting the public, as well as other responding officers. Life is extraordinarily precious, and officers of the law have no less appreciation of life than those whom they have sworn to protect.

Every day an officer wakes up and goes to … Continue reading