This guy did not have to die.
Condolences to the family of Peter de Groot.
This could easily have been avoided, and I believe twenty or thirty years ago it would have been.
Something has gone wrong in police training.
Somewhere in the course of the last twenty or thirty years job one became serving and protecting themselves.
A cop used to be somebody you knew, somebody you could talk to, somebody you had some respect for, and they for you.
Now they pick the buffest guys with the highest scores out of the "Police Foundations" graduates, a culture that by all accounts is saturated with 19th century machismo and 21st century 'roid abuse.
It's gotta be a tough gig, being a cop, seeing the worst of humanity all the time. But when shit like this happens, I can't help but think we've lost our way.