Scott Michael Greene has been arrested. He has been accused of killing two police officers in Des Moines, Iowa. In both killings, he allegedly approached officers and shot them, seemingly without interaction or warning. His motive remains unclear.
Until his arrest, Greene had been considered armed and dangerous, and, if the accusations are to be believed, had just killed two police officers. When approached by officers, he surrendered. No gunfire was exchanged. After being arrested, he was taken to the hospital for medical treatment, owing to seizures he was apparently having.
Greene should consider himself lucky. Police could have dealt with Greene in a lot of different ways. For example, they could have:
- Put him in a chokehold for 15-to-19 seconds.
- Opened fire within two seconds of finding him.
- Opened fire within seconds of seeing him.
- Shot him while he was laying on the ground, unarmed.
- Shot him after interacting with him for several minutes.
- Shot him while he suffered from an apparent mental breakdown.
Weirdly, the police didn’t do any of these things, despite him having allegedly killed two of their own.
It is tempting to try to figure out why exactly this is. All of those men died, but Greene lived. Unfortunately, there just are not enough differences between them to explain why Greene was arrested and then provided with substantive medical treatment, and those other six men were killed within minutes of interacting with the police.
Please keep checking back in. If any unbelievably obvious difference comes to light, this site will be the very first to report on it.