San Diego Woman Shot and Killed After Stabbing Police Officer

The criticism of law enforcement’s handling of a fatal lethal force incident began almost immediately. Civil rights attorney John Carpenter provided his omniscient view, calling the shooting a “classic example of unnecessary escalation of a conflict resulting in a lawful shooting.”

At least, he didn’t call it “murder,” which has become customary. But Carpenter was not the one threatened, although he’s likely watched the video from the comfort of his office. Perhaps, even assessing in slow-motion what cops had split seconds to react to.

In a story and recently released video, a sheriff’s deputy tells Yan Li, 47, “Here’s a notice to evict.” He observes she’s holding a knife. He repeatedly tells her to drop the knife. She refuses but drops the court order and shuts the door.

According to Carpenter’s comments, the deputy should have just left, since his job, to serve the order, “was done.” Ridiculous. If he’d done that, he’d have been leaving a lethal trap for unsuspecting officers on future calls.

When backup arrived, the video shows several officers, one with a K9, responding to arrest the woman. Refusing to drop the weapon when ordered by police is illegal, and shutting the door further compounded the crime. The San Diego Union-Tribune also reported, the previous day, “Li had threatened the complex’s manager and a maintenance worker with a knife.”

After a bean bag round failed to neutralize her, someone shouts for officers to back out of the apartment. Officers back into the hallway, some tumbling to the floor, as the armed woman charges through the doorway, attacking officers. An officer yells, “she stabbed me!” The Union-Tribune reported an officer suffered a chest wound.

Officers open fire, shooting the suspect who died from her wounds.

But any police incident that doesn’t conform to a cotton candy and unicorn delusion of how these incidents should go will never satisfy critics.

Critics lament how an incident “should have gone,” while discounting how an incident actually went. Some suspects simply won’t adhere to the police critics’ script, no matter how much the critics close their eyes and wish they would.

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