Were the police officers excessive?

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Poll Were the police officers excessive? (6 votes)

Yes 17%
No 83%

Hyde Park, N.Y. — On Friday, April 29, 2022, around 3:30 p.m., New York State Police and the Hyde Park Police responded to a physical domestic at a residence on North Cross Road. Police said Hyde Park officers Johsua Kemlage and Bryan Sweeney with Trooper Christopher Miller of SP Rhinebeck were initially successful in deescalating a dispute between, 34-year-old Jamie Feith and her partner at the home. As the officers interviewed Feith, she armed herself with a knife and attempted to stab the officers. An officer deployed a Taser before Hyde Park Officer Kemlage fires two shots, knocking Feith to the floor. The partner, being held back just feet away, yells, "Don't (expletive) shoot her" twice as Kemlage fires a third shot and then a fourth. "No, No, No. No. What the (expletive)," the partner yells as Sweeney straddles Feith to pull the knife from her. "Get off of her. Get off of her." The video ends just after he yells at Kemlage not to kill him as well. Feith was pronounced dead at the scene. The New York State Attorney General’s Office responded to the scene and is now the lead investigative agency.

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IMO, I think the cops used enough justifiable force to stop the crazed woman from attacking one of their own with a knife. They even deployed a taser, but that was not enough. She was armed & dangerous there! It's tragic though that the young lady lost her life over what appears to have been a domestic dispute, but actions like that have fatal consequences, especially when being directed at law enforcement.

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Nope. Cops retreated and tried less than lethal. This is clearly a justified shoot.

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No. She attacked them with a deadly weapon. The appropriate response is deadly force. Police don't shoot people in the hope that they will just get knocked out and be ok later. As soon as the gun is fired it's deadly force, doesn't matter if it's one bullet or 20.

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And yet in the UK the British police deal with the same sort of situation with less tools and would come out with the woman subdued. So in my opinion it may be justified by the officers but from a wider view it was unjustified especially the two shots when she was on the floor.