First - I never said that the guy should have been let go. I said "Better to let him go than to kill him. Follow at a distance and pick up safely when he is at a numerical disadvantage." I guess I did say that... but really what I meant was to not escalate to deadly force for someone chunking a rock. We have drones, blimps, planes, spotters, etc. Pick him up safely when you have 3 or 4 guys on him and no one has to get killed.
Yes I know... David killed Goliath. But he used a sling and his hand was guided by God. Then he cut off his head...
even if the cop is a ****head, a smart
man will keep his hands out of his pockets,
stand still when told to, and not try to
grapple with the officer. when one does
that, they are irrefutably in the wrong.
that is, provided the officer is in uniform
and identifies himself as an officer of
so-and-so dept. and is in a marked vehicle.
So if a cop pulls over a woman and tries to rape her in the back seat... she shouldn't resist. I mean... he was in a marked car, had on his uniform, had a badge... she should just submit? Stupid.
If you are video recording a cops traffic stop... you should just submit to being beaten for it? It's only your first amendment right... Don't worry, just accept the fact that you are going to get tasered or shot for it.
I remember when I was a kid... we used to have rock fights. Sure glad there weren't any cops around. I might have gotten shot...
The cop had a responsibility to NOT overescalate the situation and NOT use deadly force if not warranted. So unless the guy was beating him down with the rock... the cop and other options that did NOT involve taking his life.
1. ignored it and let him go
2. backed off and followed, pick up later with backup
4. pepper spray
While I fully support the right of self defense... if someone chunks a rock at me, pulling my Springfield .45 Compact and killing him is probably NOT my first response. Removing myself from rock-throwing distance is my first response. I would find that pretty hard to explain to a court... "Oh there was a guy that was pissed at me about 20 yards away and he threw a rock... it hit my shoulder and sort of hurt so I blew him away."
What rights did he have? I know someone is going to get Constitutional on me... so flame on... What part of "ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL" is hard to understand. It doesn't say "ALL CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES". Oh there is another part... "LIFE, LIBERTY AND ....".
This man was killed for no reason other than he threw a rock... I'm glad my right shoulder doesn't work good and I throw like a little girl with my left. I'd really hate to throw a rock some day and get killed for it.