Texas Department Of Public Safety officials announced on February 21st 2013 that State Troopers would NO LONGER be allowed to shoot suspected illegal immigrants from helicopters. Last October two Guatemalan immigrants were shot and killed by troopers in this way in what was called by an expert on police chases, “a reckless act” that served “no legitimate law enforcement purpose.”
“I’m convinced that now, from a helicopter platform, that we shouldn’t shoot unless being shot at, or unless someone is being shot at,” said Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw.
The policy states in part:
1. In addition to the other requirements of this policy, a firearms discharge from an aircraft is authorized only when an officer reasonably believes that the suspect has used or is about to use deadly force by use of a deadly weapon against the air crew, ground officers or innocent third parties.
2. For purposes of authorizing the discharge of a weapon from an aircraft, a suspect’s driving behavior including aggressive or reckless driving to evade arrest does not constitute use of a deadly weapon by the suspect.
Here’s the video,courtesy of Crooks And Liars