- Peter Moskos: Reserve cop, 73, meant to use a Taser on a man, but shot him dead instead. Why was a volunteer cop witha gun in a violent crimes unit?
- He says the man may have bought his way in with donations to police. Cops are, and should be, wary of those a little too eager to be police
- Moskos: Right approach is unarmed auxiliary cops, like in NYC, volunteering as a way to connect public to police
Peter Moskos, a former Baltimore police officer, is an associate professor in the department of law and police science at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. He is the author of "Cop in the Hood" and "In Defense of Flogging." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)Robert Bates, 73, shot and killed a man while playing cops and robbers with real police.