Officer killings renew gun control issue

March 22, 2009 7:08:53 PM PDT
Oakland police and law enforcement experts around the country will be studying the shootings of five police officers in Oakland in the hope of trying to make sure something like this never happens again.

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Police are still talking to witnesses and say they are grateful to those who have come forward. They are trying to figure out why this happened.

They say they want to train if they can, to make sure this never happens again.

Law enforcement experts who have seen this video of officers going into the apartment building say SWAT teams usually move in when there is a threat of immediate violence or a possibility that a suspect could escape.

Former San Francisco police chief and current USF professor Tony Ribera says this case will surely be reviewed and studied for years to come. He thinks this is an example of why assault weapons should be banned.

"The officers in Oakland, like all officers in the State of California, are well trained officers. But, when you're up against that type of firepower it's just? the odds are overwhelmingly against you," he said.

Oakland police say Lovelle Mixon used a handgun to shoot the motorcyle cops who pulled him over and an assault rifle at the apartment. They say they believe this is an example of why parolees should not be allowed to have guns.

Mixon was on parole and had a warrant out for his arrest for violating that parole. He was also on parole for assault with a deadly weapon according to Oakland Deputy Police Chief Jeffery Israel.

The gun control issue is a controversial one, with 65 House democrats saying just on Wednesday, that they would oppose any attempt by the Obama administration to ban any military-style weapons.

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