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Suspect Killed by Police After Trying to Stab Them, Protests Begin Claiming Officers Shouldn’t Have Defended Themselves
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Suspect Killed by Police After Trying to Stab Them, Protests Begin Claiming Officers Shouldn’t Have Defended Themselves

by Ryan MasonNovember 10, 2020

Missoula, Montana – Officers from Missoula, Montana Police Department were forced to shoot a man attacking them with a knife Saturday night after police were called to the 2300 block of Sherwood Lane on a report of a disturbance at 5.25 p.m

“Responding officers were immediately confronted by a male armed with a knife. The male did not comply with commands to drop the knife and instead, attacked the initial responding officer. The officer was forced to defend himself and shot the male, who was later pronounced deceased,” police said in a press release on the incident.

Police said the deceased suspect was Kale Brown, 34.

Days later, protesters gathered outside City Hall in Missoula on Sunday and Monday numbering approximately 30 people that held signs that stated, “Stop using your guns,” “Police reform NOW,” and “His name was Kale Brown”  Although made clear by statements from the Missoula Police Department that officers were forced to shoot Kale in self-defense as he attacked them with the deadly threat of a knife, friends of Brown stated he “suffered from a mental health crisis on the night he died, which prompted him to act poorly when confronted with police.”

Protesters, despite the immediate response and transparency from the police department in relation to the incident, demanded more transparency from the Missoula Police Department, information about the incident, the officers involved and an overhaul of the way agencies dealt with mental health issues.

Saturday’s shooting is under investigation by the Montana Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigations.

In an email to local paper the Missoulian on Monday, Mayor John Engen said, “I believe the officers involved in the tragic event over the weekend saved lives and performed their duties professionally. Unfortunately, the investigative process doesn’t allow for evidence to be public until the investigation is complete, so I’ll ask for patience from folks interested in this case as those jurisdictions do their work.”

“Abhorring police brutality is among the many things most Missoulians agree on, including me,” Engen said. He also said he appreciates “folks exercising their right to assemble and speak their minds, as well, and to hold us accountable any time we use force as a function of public safety.”

About The Author
Ryan Mason
Ryan Mason
Ryan Mason is a former police officer and the Editor in Chief of the Law Enforcement News Network. Ryan has been a writer, editor, and photojournalist over the last decade, providing content for over a dozen national and international publications in both law enforcement and aviation.
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Edgar Evans Estevan
Edgar Evans Estevan
6 months ago

So if subject is ‘mentally challenged’ is the responding officer(s) supposed to leave the scene in an ambulance or worse yet? The officer(s) want(s) to go home to at the end of the day.

Joan Cook
Joan Cook
6 months ago

Police have every right to defend themselves and go home to their families. I wish protesters were made to walk a mile in their shoes. It’s easy to say what they should do when you’re not confronted with a knife wielding offender.

Anna
Anna
6 months ago

Obama this is your legacy. This will be worse when his puppet Biden takes office.

Rod wallace
6 months ago

What kind of lunatic would want the cop not to shoot and defend himself only a Democrat

Johnny Revolver
Johnny Revolver
6 months ago

So multiple radio-coordinated men in kevlar vests and bat-belts, each with several non-lethal apparatuses designed to disarm and disable a suspect wielding what is essentially a sharp piece of steel, decide to shoot first anyway. It makes you wonder why police departments even bother with non-lethal technology if the go to reaction is to react “in fear of their life” every time anyway. We are either wasting money on technology that will never see use so long as police men and women are taught to react with deadly force at the first whiff of danger.’I mean, suck it up. Also, if you refer to the general public as “civilians” instead of “citizens,” you are doing it wrong. Standpoints such as these will only make things more dangerous as we slip into what is obviously a wannabe dictatorship. If control is one’s objective, it will be more and more often met with force. The more demonstrable that any perceived threat will be met with deadly force, the higher the likelihood that first blood will be fatal, if someone’s intention IS to hurt somebody. They should make every police officer in this country get at least an associate’s degree, and five mma fights, win or lose. That might serve to weed out any itchy pointers who would draw down on someone just because their heat rate spikes. Haven’t seen the video, but unless someone’s life is legitimately in imminent peril, killing is overkill. A police officer’s life is worth no more or less than the citizens’ they are sworn to protect, but that seems like the lesson most oft forgetten.