Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden repeated his
controversial contention Thursday that police should try to shoot dangerous
suspects in the leg as a form of de-escalation.
“You have to teach people how to de-escalate circumstances.
De-escalate,” Biden said during an ABC News town hall. “So, instead of anybody
coming at you and the first thing you do is shoot to kill, you shoot them in
Gun-safety and police training experts decried the tactic
espoused by Biden back when he first made it at a campaign event in June. They
said the idea of using any kind of gunfire as de-escalation or non-lethal force
would be dangerous.
“Legs move. It’s much harder to
hit a smaller moving target than it is to hit the chest,” Rob Pincus, who has
trained police officers throughout the United States and Europe, told the Free Beacon in
June. “From a technical shooting skill standpoint, from a technical legal
standpoint, it’s not where we want to go at all.”
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