Civilians can't defend themselves from cops. So that argument is a nonstarter.
Originally Posted by Piobaire
Surely this cannot be correct? How can anyone reasonably know it's a cop breaking into your window at 5am during a "no knock" raid?
We just don't know anything about the case but what's been reported by the activists. Maybe he said "fuck the police" to his roommate right before he armed himself and shot them? Maybe there were a half-dozen squad cars parked in front of his apartment and they saw him peek through the blinds a few seconds before he shot?
Besides, these are "no knock" warrants, not no-announce warrants. Cops still announce themselves on the way in. And these cops had probable cause to search his place. Just because the drugs were gone doesn't mean the guy didn't have good reason to expect the cops.
And he shot not one, not two, not three, but four different cops. It's plausible to say you shot one guy dressed up like SWAT because you thought he was an impersonator, but four?