Originally Posted by cloakster
I'm sure they did try talking him down, but there's no way an 8 year old is going to listen to reason in a situation like that. The boy was not injured in any way from the pepper spray, so whats the harm? There were probably many other options the police had that would have resulted in injuries like a broken arm from being tackled.
IMO, the police handled it perfectly. When there's a person (no matter what age) threatening people with a sharp object and looking like they are ready to use it, i would consider it a success if the situation is contained with no one getting seriously hurt.
I was just going to add this exact thought, I would rather be pepper sprayed then tackled, I would rather have my wife of kid pepper sprayed then tackled. Plus it is safer for the officer, both physically and politically. This way nobody can say that the cop was unnecessarily rough, he used a tool that was made for this type of situation.