Tampa police shoot suicidal man for showing gun

According to the Tampa Bay Times:

Police officers shot a man after he showed them a gun while parked in his driveway early Thursday.

Apparently, the man’s family called the police over their concern that the man was suicidal. The police arrived to find him sitting inside his car in his driveway. There are no reports that the man pointed the gun at anyone. He was shot for showing a gun. According to local news outlet WSMV:

The man was still alive and talking with police after the first shot. Then, police say, the man pulled out the gun again and Bergman shot again.

In another recent incident, police in North Carolina were called to help with a schizophrenic son who wasn’t taking medication. The teen was shot and killed by those asked to help.

From a CBS affiliate in Fort Pierce, Florida:

Police officers say they are using military type tactical equipment to fight crime. The new MRAP looks like a tank on wheels.

“Mine response ambush protection.” said Officer Keith Holmes , who applied to acquire the MRAP from the US Military for the Fort Pierce Police Department, “The military was pretty much handing them out to the different cities and I put in the application for it, and we got pushed through due to the violence in the city we have here.”

Used last in Afghanistan, “They brought this back from Afghanistan and now its in Fort Pierce.. for officer rescues, search warrants, things like that that an officer would need protection.” Holmes said…

“It’s for a the potential of a terrorist attack or even something more locally.. A shooting incident when we have hostages, or an officer down that needs to be rescued, that’s what this is for.” Chief Baldwin said.

The military is “handing out” mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles for a mere $2,000 to local police forces. Here’s a photo of one:

MRAP front end

It doesn’t look like something that should be driven by those sworn to serve and protect us. How far we’ve fallen from the days of the local beat cop.

The things mentioned in this post barely hint at what’s happening in local law enforcement. They are turning our protectors into our executioners. Add to this the fact that they want to disarm us while arming themselves for war. Unfortunately, from the way they’re treating us, it appears that we’re the ones they’re planning to war against.

It’s time for Americans to stop relying on the government for help. God is the only answer. God protects, provides, and heals. That, along with everlasting life with God, is the good news of the Gospel. We can no longer rely on the corrupt, evil world system to take care of us. We must remain in the secret place of the Most High God. From Psalm 91:

He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

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