This is triggered by posts on Prof. Moskos' blog, Cop in the Hood. (He was a cop and is a sociology prof.)
Occasionally we have cases where the authorities have to deal with dangerous animals. Maybe a leopard escapes from a zoo, or a cattle truck overturns and a bunch of steers are running wild, or a bear wanders into the burbs to raid garbage cans, or ... Sometimes these situations end with death for the animal, sometimes no weapons are fired, sometimes a tranquilizer dart gun is used.
Occasionally we have cases where the authorities have to deal with dangerous humans. Maybe a man is running naked with a knife, or a youth is carrying what appears to be a rifle, or...
My question: is there a good reason for not approaching the two sets of situations in the same way?
My theory is that animals don't send the adrenaline flowing in quite the same way as humans, but is that a reflection of our culture or is it innate?