Re "Knife doesn't justify shooting" (Letters, Aug. 21): Once again we see a letter from someone who second guesses the police in a life or death situation. Walter Graviet claims he is "unable to understand how a person with a knife can pose a sufficient threat to law enforcement to justify shooting him."
Really? Would you want to get stabbed, sliced or cut? While fewer officer-realted deaths involve a knife, I hardly see the lower percentage of dying from a stab wound being used as a reason why an officer would not be allowed to shoot someone coming at them with a knife.
Furthermore, the suggestion that officers "shoot for the leg" is indicative of someone who has seen too many movies. The reality is officers are trained to shoot for the largest portion of the body (i.e., chest), as it provides the largest target and reduces the risk of missing the suspect.
-- Jennifer Harwood, Sacramento