“Murdered the sniper”? I disagree. They tried to get him to give himself up over several hours - even called in a black negotiator in an effort to affect his surrender.
At some point a decision has to be made based on real-time circumstances and information.
I think it would have been immoral to order officers to “rush” the perp or in any way expose themselves to mortal danger in an effort to take him alive - it was clear he wanted to kill cops and had already killed 5 of them. How many more might he have killed? Also, recall at the time the police did NOT know with certainty that other perps were not involved.
As for using the bomb squad robot? Reportedly the shooter was not in a position that allowed a police sniper a clear shot. That thinking outside the box - use of the robot - probably meant that even more wives/kids were saved from having to bury their husbands/fathers.
As a side note: How many of you are aware that a white, decorated police officer in a town just outside St Louis was shot in the neck last night after making a routine traffic stop of a recently (2015) released black, violent felon while the officer was walking back to his squad car? As the perp drove away he stopped and pumped another round into the officer. The officer is fighting for his life right now.
How many of you know about the police station in San Antonio, TX being struck with gun fire today?
As for Obama characterizing the motive of the police killer in Dallas as being “very hard to untangle”. My God, the guy stated he was upset about the recent police shootings, hated and wanted to kill white people and especially white police officers - which is precisely what he did. And Obama thinks the motive is unclear?
6 more months of Obama - hope we make it.