Cops do not react well to furtive or sudden movement in traffic stops…

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A police officer in South Carolina shot a 70-year-old motorist who was reaching for a cane during a traffic stop because he thought the man was grabbing a rifle from the bed of his pickup truck, investigators said. The man was expected to survive.

via SC officer shoots man reaching for cane – The Washington Post.

Folks, unless the cop tells you to get out of your vehicle, DO NOT GET OUT! Furthermore, DO NOT let him see you reaching for anything. He may or may not wait to see what you’re reaching for before deciding to light you up which is exactly what happened to the man the story above. The knee-jerk reaction is to fault the cop for shooting an old man reaching for his cane but, the reality is, everything the man did would and should set off red flags for any cop and he’s lucky to be alive.

-GM

2 thoughts on “Cops do not react well to furtive or sudden movement in traffic stops…

    • In so far as the letter of the law is concerned, the answer is “no.” The standard is the same except that an officer has a duty to seek the initial interaction to enforce the law where as we citizens generally are not expected to seek a confrontation in most circumstances. The average person would be hard pressed to find themselves in an identical situation but, as the law in Texas says, if you reasonably believe the other person is trying to use unlawful deadly force against you, then deadly force is authorized.

      GM

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