Originally Posted by Nil
"He reached for my weapon!" has become the new sprinkle some crack on him. Without that video, no doubt would the officer receive a commendation and medal for shooting down a violent criminal attempting to do him harm.
During the discussion about Michael Brown, it was seemingly implicit that reaching for a cop's weapons = justification for shooting, but I've never seen a solid rational for it. You grab for the weapon, don't get it
, retreat...and you're still a lethal threat? You're still unarmed at that point, and may be more prone to try for the weapon again, but that doesn't seem to be a lethal threat to me.
It's a perfect excuse to pin on any shooting. It requires no evidence and is impossible to disprove if there's no video footage of the incident. It's also extremely ambiguous even if there is footage. An officer tries to detain someone, they don't immediate comply, and the officer could plausible claim that they believed the suspect was grabbing for their weapon.