New Orleans Police Kill Man with Knife

 

  1. The AP Headline reads:  "New Orleans Police Kill Man With Knife" 

Although this implies that the cops stabbed the man with a knife, TV news cleared the confusion showing that “man with knife” fell to policemen with pistols, the latter scoring seven hits out of nine shots fired.  No officers were wounded in the fray.

 

  1. How many shots does it take to subdue a large knife-wielding man? 

 

Much like item one, this wording could lead one to believe a man is wielding a large knife. That is not the case, but actually a large man is wielding a small knife.

 

The correct answer to the question is seven, inasmuch as the decedent is alleged to have received that many hits, and was pronounced dead at the scene.  It is possible that one, maybe two shots, could have done the trick, but we don't have any way of knowing if fewer  would have been sufficient.  Incremental shooting of the victim to determine the minimum number of shots until death occurs, is against Department policy.

 

  1. How many cops does it take to subdue a large knife-wielding man? 

 

The correct answer is eighteen.  Two initially confronted the man, and sixteen backup officers came to the aid of their comrades. It is possible that one, maybe two cops, could have done the trick, but we don't have any way of knowing if fewer than eighteen would have been sufficient.

 

  1. An internal investigation is being launched.

 

Police investigators want to determine who fired the two shots that missed from six feet away.  The bull’s-eye-challenged officer(s) will be assigned to the French Quarter where billy-clubbing is the enforcement method of choice - clubbing in the French Quarter, as it were.