Monday, May 28, 2012

Cannibalistic Demoniac?

According to The Palm Beach Post News article, Miami police shoot, kill naked man who was 'eating' face of another man:

One man was shot to death by Miami police, and another man is fighting for his life after he was attacked and his face allegedly half eaten, by a naked man on the MacArthur Causeway off ramp, police said.

Is this for real?

The article further says:

The officer, who has not been identified, approached and saw that the naked man was actually chewing the other man’s head, according to witnesses. The officer ordered the naked man to back away, and when he continued the assault, the officer shot him. The attacker continued to eat the man, despite being shot, forcing the officer to continue firing. Witnesses said they heard at least a half dozen shots.


Two questions come to mind:

First, what would possess a man to do such a thing as this?  Actually, I believe that the question answers itself.

Secondly, why was this police officer’s first response to shoot the cannibalistic attacker?  Don’t the police still carry their batons?  And what about a taser?

Was this so horrifying that the officer reacted in terror?  Surely it is horrifying.  Who but a demented devilish creator of horror stories and movies would imagine such a thing?  Well, the devil, of course, but whom else?

Perhaps the report does not tell the full story.  Perhaps the police officer did try other methods of stopping this horrible act before shooting the attacker.

But what of this attacker?  How does one explain his actions?  What of the superhuman strength?


Richard Spears said...

I stumbled upon your blog, and read (with some astonishment) your questions about how the Florida police officer saved the life of the man being attacked.

I've been a police officer for 25 years. You could say I'm a veteran officer. I have survived two shootings. It always amazes me that when a story goes out about a police officer who resorts to deadly force to save his own life, or the life of someone else, there will always be someone who looks at the police officer as the bad guy.

Police officers do not enjoy using deadly force. We have to react in a few seconds to situations that will be analyzed for years.

Most people who view the officers as the bad guy in this situation cannot be persuaded to look at the situation objectively or through the eyes of the officer who drove up on that horrible scene.

The ONLY thing I want to say to you, is that I would like for you to imagine that YOU are the victim that this drug crazed man is attacking... he has you down on your back, and he is ripping the flesh from your face, and you are quickly bleeding to death. The police pull up, and you hear them try to negotiate with the drug crazed maniac. That doesn't work. Then you hear the officers use pepper spray on the attacker. That doesn't work, he doesn't feel pain. Then you hear them hit the guy with their batons. That doesn't work either, he doesn't feel the pain. The officers now draw their Taser. Hopefully, they are within 21 feet of your attacker, because that's the length of the wires. Hopefully both probes make contact and stick good (sometimes they don't). After putting 50,000 volts through the attacker, he continues ripping out your throat.

People who are always against the police using an amount of force that is sometimes necessary to stop an attack, won't understand what I'm trying to say here. It's tragic, but we live in a world where sometimes, someone has to stop bad people from hurting others.

If you don't think the police do a good job, the next time you need help, call a crack addict and see if you get better help.

Not Alone +++ PAS said...

Dear Richard,

How I wish that your knee-jerk reflex response had not made you blind and deaf to an objective reading of my post. Perhaps then you could have responded in a friendly manner. This sort of reaction is common but extremely counter productive.

Please observe that I did not attack this police officer. In fact I took efforts to acknowledge the possibility that the article may have been incomplete and flawed in what was reported. By this I allowed that the officer may indeed have acted entirely appropriately. I merely raised the question based upon what was reported in the article. Moreover, I also allowed that the horrifying nature of this event could have been overpowering. As you say, the victim’s safety is the first concern.

My primary focus was upon the horrifying nature of the demoniac. Regardless of whether this man was directly possessed or was obsessed, his actions were demonic and horrifying.

Your attack on me, however, should also cause you concern. This reaction is commonly observed among groups such as law enforcement, military, and those in the public ministry (as well as others). It hinders honest appraisal and it furthermore promotes distrust.

To take a step away from your immediate emotional attachment, the Roman Catholic Church has been guilty of this regarding many issues, including the child molesting priests. Rather than openly dealing with this horrible abuse, often the abuses were covered up and the priests were merely relocated. The result was that the abuses continued and more people were hurt. When these issues became public, distrust was magnified greatly. Other church bodies are guilty of this and other atrocities as well. The greatest is the overall erosion of pure doctrine and practice through not dealing with false teachers and corrupt pastors and leaders.

Abuses do occur, and this does include the law enforcement agencies. Surely you will not deny this. Surely you know this better than someone like myself, one who only sees from the outside of the agencies.

People like myself depend upon men like you to stand up and hold to account the abusers. Yes, your fellow law enforcement officers also depend upon you to defend them against wrongful accusations, but this should never prevail over justice for all. I fully expect that you agree with this.

I do hope that you will reconsider your attack upon me and realize that it was unjustified. In this age of the Patriot Act and the NDAA, citizens surely have cause to be wary. That, of course, includes you, for you, too, are a citizen, as well as your family and friends. With the observance of Independence Day we are reminded of our need to stand together so that indeed our nation and countrymen and posterity may be defended.

For the service that you personally have rendered to our nation I thank you, and to all who honestly and sacrificially serve. Thank you sincerely.

~ Paul