The problem is that something that is not a violent situation is perceived as one. It is that misperception that takes a non-violent situation to a violent one. In both of these cases it was the perception or perceived threat that brought the violence into it. I think that if a person is given a green light to use their own judgement to determine if a threat is present they will be more inclined to do so when there is no real threat and behave accordingly.Violent (and potentially violent) situations can't be viewed in a vacuum; they often require spur-of-the-moment decisions. You really do it an injustice by looking back on it with 20-20 hindsight and pretend that the same clarity can be used at that moment in time.
I smell a rat.That hurts. I know you don't think I take a "black - must be guilty" stance