Again: A Bellevue cop here was killed by a crazy naked guy. The guy got his gun and killed him with it. Did the cop make some mistakes? Obviously.
However if he had even drawn his gun at the naked guy, he would have been crucified by the media, can you imagine if he had fired it. Many here would already have convicted him.
And from what I read here, that would have been justified...he didnt take non-lethal measures first!
Hate to tell ya but he did...and they failed.
Even single gunshots do not stop instantly, that's rare. Multiple gun shots often do not kill instantly.
But hey, it's more important to try to save the criminal...nuts or not... than the cop out there putting his life on the line.
The rules, the laws are there. No one else has the right to tell the cop how he should judge those split seconds, but he still has the burden of proof on him to demonstrate that threat.
Not everything can 'literally be a lethal threat.' There is distance, timing, ability to take cover, retreat, multiple reinforcements, etc.
Did you even read the link for the Tueller Drill that I posted? Where multiple tests show that an attacker can reach and kill within 21 feet in 1.5 seconds? That is faster than someone can draw, aim, and shoot. Not to mention that it is uncommon for a single shot to stop an attacker instantly.
This information is so verified and accepted that it is admissable in court.
Why do you expect something different from police?
To be fair. Police should try all means. But sometimes the circumstance just doesn't work that way.
The Crowd is not the sum of its parts.