It’s the moment every cop dreads—but every cop has to be prepared to face. Police officers responded to a call last Sunday in Westlake that a man was wielding a knife and threatening passers-by. Manuel Jamines, 37, a Guatemala-born day laborer, allegedly refused the officers’ calls to drop the knife. He was then shot by Officer Frank Hernandez, a 13-year veteran. There were community protests over the shooting. Was Jamines really so much of a threat that deadly force was necessary? What kind of training can help assure that loss of life is minimized? And can the public understand how such a difficult decision is made?
Shirley Jahad, KPCC reporter, she was at a community meeting last night with Charlie Beck about the shooting
David Klinger, author of Into the Kill Zone: A Cop’s Eye View of Deadly Force, and professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis