Originally posted by shavixmir
Great term. Do you dare define it?
For example: is it an objective unwarrentedness or a policeman's discretion?
Now, I know the answer... and I can't but help ponder the long term efffects of it.
Naaaa, let it fester... that's the best way of addressing problems.
On the rare occasions I have been detained by the police, I play the situation exactly as it is presented, i.e., I act as though this person can--- and very likely will--- if I give them any reason whatsoever to consider me a threat.
So how do I handle it?
If I am driving, I pull over in the first safe spot: safe for me, safe for the officer.
Hazards on, lights switched to parking lights only, 100% of the interior lights on, hands at 11 and one on the steering wheel, fingers completely splayed open, driver's window down.
I don't reach for anything until they ask for the usual items: license, registration, proof of insurance.
Even then, no sudden motions, nothing hidden.
Now contrast this 52.5 year old white male with the behavior of the young black males who have been shot and/or killed during their encounters with police.
Aggressive, defiant, refusing to follow direct commands, combative, furtive motions with their hands, etc., etc..
The one in the parking lot at a convenience store?
Kid was on his stomach, STILL making motions toward his waistline despite being told not to move, to keep his hands where they could be seen at all times.
Are you kidding me?
Most people unfamiliar with guns are not aware of how quickly a person can get multiple shots off--- from the waistline.
A shooter does not need to be in a shooting position: a hand in close proximity to the weapon, a finger
on the trigger is all it takes.
All of that being said, I am not a big fan of the police.
I think they tend toward being bullies and--- according to several reports I've read--- some police departments weed out candidates who might pose a threat by being more reasoned and objective than others on account of their intelligence.
I've personally witnessed and experienced police brutality and unwarranted actions otherwise.
I've taught my children to never, under any circumstances whatsoever, offer any information other than basic identification to police without an attorney or one of their parents present.
Yet this is the system we've all agreed upon: we have allowed some to walk among us with the authority to take lives.
But guess what?
Concealed carry offers me the same authority.
The Second Amendment guarantees my equal footing stance in protecting my life and property--- even against the government.
The problem, as I see it, is when we take our responsibilities to live among each other peacefully too flippantly, too lightly.
The people who are shot and killed by police during otherwise innocuous situations typically share at least one trait, and it isn't skin color.
It is that they dare the police to take action against them.