I may be mistaken, but thats not how i'm reading it. From his last post, it appears he wants cops to "Understand WHY someone threatened with their own death chooses that path", which would lead to the cops not shooting in that situation - and perhaps adopting the pepper spray vs sword wielding maniac showdown you mentioned.
Again, i could be mistaken but thats how he comes across to me.
Understanding is always good though.
In the link I mentioned earlier, the basic story was this:
- mentally ill man tries to commit suicide by stabbing himself in the chest
- father stops him and calls ambulance and cops (or maybe the ambos do)
- cops come and clear everyone out, father, ambos etc
- one cop watches while other cop talks to ambos/father
- man gets up, grabs knife and starts stabbing himself again, with his back to everyone
- cop freaks out, calls other cop
- other cop enters, freaks out and shoots him
In the "when to shoot handbook" it may well have been written that this kind of situation is dangerous enough for cops to shoot (I don't know one way or the other), but it could have said that instead, the cops should NOT take charge and kick everyone out, and listen to the experts on hand at the time, who can tell them if the person is dangerous or not. This is why understanding and training might help.
I understand now that they also target for the largest center of mass for accuracy reasons. So why aren't they continually trained so they can make disabling shots such as the knee-caps?
Unfortunately this is practically impossible.
As an exercise, pick your favourite type of football, and go and watch their star kicker/forward/whatever kick goals or tries in practice. He'll get them every time.
Now watch a few games and see him miss easy shots under pressure.
Now imagine the pressure is also time pressure, and that his life is in danger.
In a sudden firefight, even crach shots can miss completely at point-blank range.
E.g. When the Iranian revolution started, the Shah's private bodyguards had all joined the revolutionaries. When they turned on him to shoot him, he managed to do a runner, and they ALL missed, even with multiple shots from 3m away. AIUI he was lucky enough to get to a car and get away, but it shows you what pressure and distraction can do even to experts.
"To love another you have to undertake some fragment of their destiny."
- Quentin Crisp