I have to concede, that even though I think it’s a mistake to shoot at unarmed perps, the actual circumstances that the BLM want disarm police in are bizarre. As best I can tell, the following actions by (black) thugs would be allowed, but police would be prohibited from shooting:
1. You can’t shoot someone like Michael Brown, even if he outweighs you by 100 pounds, and is struggling to take away your service revolver.
2. You can’t shoot someone brandishing a pellet gun, a starter pistol, or a replica firearm, simply because you think they’re real thing. You need to determine for sure, before you take action. If you're not sure, take the time to ask. And take cover, too, probably.
3. That college “football star” in Texas who crashed into a new car dealership and was kicking in windshields and destroying new cars at a breakneck pace – you can’t shoot him either. Wait for him to finish if you haven’t got a taser or tear gas with you.
4. You probably can’t shoot someone who just has a knife. (“You can’t bring a gun to a knife fight” – approx – The Untouchables)
Tasers certainly haven’t been the panacea we were told they’d be. Tear gas is useless outdoors, and probably harms more civilians than bad guys. Chokeholds? They’re out too. Be careful where you use that nightstick – one wrong swing and you could be up in front of a civilian review board.
When in doubt, follow Baltmore’s advice: give the perp “room to destroy”, or rape, or loot, or rob. Then arrest him, and watch a clever attorney spring him from jail with stories of the poor guy’s drug additction, absent daddy, and gang infested neighborhood.
Don’t shoot. Protecting the innocent is secondary to protecting the criminal.