But I’ll leave the discussion of such leftist bilge to Mr. Walsh (curse him). It remains for me to address the tactical and legal questions of the Denver shooting, both of which favor the officers. First we’ll address the tactics. The L.A. Times quoted two law enforcement experts who say shooting at a car’s driver is ill-advised, given the unintended consequences that may follow. A moving car is hard to hit, the driver inside even more so. Rounds can go astray and hit innocent bystanders or other police officers, and even if a round strikes the driver, it may not stop the movement of the car.
One of those experts, Geoffrey Alpert, professor of criminal justice at the University of South Carolina, told the Times, “Most progressive police departments in this country and around the world prohibit [shooting at moving cars], with the very small caveat of saying you can do it if you are trapped.”
All of which is true, but in the Hernandez shooting none of these unintended consequences occurred. Of the five occupants of the Honda, only the driver was struck by gunfire, proving that the officers’ aim was true. And though the stolen Honda crashed after the shooting, it happened at a sufficiently low speed that there were no injuries to Hernandez’s companions.