Crime Scenes and Weapons of War

A robot bomb stopped the Dallas cop killer. OK, now let's step back and think.

After Dallas.

Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Given the horror of the murder of the five police officers in Dallas last Thursday, it may seem absurd or distasteful to ask whether it was a good idea to kill the sniper with a bomb mounted on a robot. Surely anything that stopped the carnage was justified in the moment, and the police seem to have had no clear shot at the sniper.

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