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FBI: Justifiable homicides at highest in more than a decade

Original post made by Sharon on Oct 15, 2008

In light of the recent crime wave in Palo Alto an interesting report from the FBI

USA Today

"The number of justifiable homicides committed by police and private citizens has been rising in the past two years to their highest levels in more than a decade, reflecting a shoot-first philosophy in dealing with crime, say law enforcement analysts.
The FBI says a homicide committed by a private citizen is justified when a person is slain during the commission of a felony, such as a burglary or robbery.
Alfred Blumstein, a Carnegie Mellon University criminologist, says the gun "legalization movement" also may have helped create a "greater willingness" among citizens to act in self-defense."



Comments (10)

Posted by Brit, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 15, 2008 at 2:02 pm



It's people taking legal responsibility for their own self-defense.
But leftoids would rather we become like Britain where the civilians are merely prey.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 15, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Are you able to plead "justifiable homicide" in a court of law and what is the punishment likely to be? Also, how many innocents have been hurt or killed during these justifiables?


Posted by tj, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 15, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Resident---

Be logical, if an innocent is killed it is not counted as justified homicide obviously.


Posted by peter s, a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 15, 2008 at 2:17 pm



The 391 killings by police that were ruled justifiable in 2007 were the most since 1994, FBI statistics show.

The 254 killings by private individuals found to be self-defense were the most since 1997.

645? that's it? for an entire year nation wide?
Needs Improvement.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 15, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

You are, on the other hand, allowed to plead unjustifiable suicide if you decide to rely on the police for protection.


Posted by Paul, a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 15, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Gee, if justifiable homicide deters crime, and it's happening more often, shouldn't crime be going down? Didn't anybody copy the criminals on the script?

"Be logical, if an innocent is killed it is not counted as justified homicide obviously."

But what if my shot misses the crook and kills a kid? Am I justified because I'm saving my wallet?



Posted by Kenenth, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Oct 15, 2008 at 5:02 pm

"Gee, if justifiable homicide deters crime, and it's happening more often, shouldn't crime be going down?"

Paul, I think violent crime has been going down, nationwide. However, it seems to be going up in Palo Alto. Is this becasue we do not allow our citzens to protect themselves by carrying concealed weapons?


Posted by Paul, a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 15, 2008 at 10:15 pm

No. Why?



Posted by 2cents, a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 15, 2008 at 10:33 pm

Two things

As for Palo Alto, well we are still working on lights, cameras and hope. Let's hope change comes to enlighten the criminal class. That change can lift their hopes in to becoming moral citizens with good character and free of crime.

I doubt it.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 16, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Paul, gun control means hit what you aim at. The numbers are against you. Concealed carry works.


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