About 5 years ago, around 7am, there was a clearly deranged man staggering down Market Street in SF. This is pretty normal, save for the 8 inch long chef's knife he was waving around that was rightfully freaking out the few people up so early. I watched as maybe 10 police surrounded him, warned him to drop the knife a few times and then counted down from 3...2...1
And then the shot him.
With a bean bag from a shotgun type weapon.
He went down, was handcuffed, and then was taken away in an ambulance.
I know we are very suspicious of police here, but this seemed like a totally appropriate handling of a potentially dangerous situation.
Shooting at someone with real bullets in the middle of a crowded area is stupid. Police have beanbags, tasers, and pepper spray for a reason. And if any of those had been used, this would be a non-event.
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