Killing “Because I Feared for My Life” Is Still Murder
When the police state protects a cop who killed an unarmed man because he “feared for his life”, they are promoting murder.
Let’s be clear:
Fearing for one’s life is NOT a defense, in and of itself.
The fear has to be based on a serious, immediate threat that is known, not speculative.
You can’t kill someone just because you think they might have a gun you haven’t yet seen.
That is murder.
Every cop who shot some teenage kid because they reached down to straighten their pantscuffs when getting out of the car is a murderer.
Every cop who shot someone who turned out to only be pulling out their driver’s license or mobile phone is a murderer.
As people have begun pointing out regularly, the rules of engagement for the US military, when acting as foreign occupiers, say that you shouldn’t even point your gun until you see a gun, and can’t fire unless you’re fired upon. And that is a MUCH more dangerous environment, against people FAR more likely to have lethal intent.
Any cop who can’t at least live up to that minimum standard…is committing murder.
Article from r/Libertarian: For a Free Society