FUNDAMENTAL LAW OF PHYSICS (based on Colt, Model 1911A1 pistol): From the time the trigger is pulled, the round will have traveled 20 feet in less than one-tenth of a second. A "blink of an eye" lasts up to 4 times longer. If the officer sees what looks like a pistol aimed at him, his only hope is to fire first. See RULE NUMBER 1.
McCarty’s FIRST COROLLARY TO RULE NUMBER 6: That will almost always mean that the encounter is brief and everybody gets to get on with their day unhurt.
McCarty’s SECOND COROLLARY TO RULE NUMBER 6: The assumption by some people in 21st Century America that they have an absolute right to set all the rules, define all the rights, and ignore all their responsibilities of civility and citizenship, is what gets people killed.
The View From the Bleachers: Most – not all, but most-- of the Black Lives that have mattered to your relatively new movement were people who were, in some way or another, breaking the law. None of them, to date, have been police officers of color. You do your movement a disservice when you refuse to concede that. It is hard for you to garner sympathy for your cause when the only lives you champion are criminals who could have saved their lives by doing the right thing in the first place. Just saying.
McCarty’s FIRST COROLLARY TO RULE NUMBER 7: Do what the officer tells you to do, when he tells you to do it. Resistance is futile, usually painful, and all too frequently unintentionally fatal.
McCarty’s SECOND COROLLARY TO RULE NUMBER 7: Making laws – defining crimes and offenses -- is the job of the legislature. Interpreting the law is the courts. Deciding who will make and interpret the laws is the job of every citizen at the ballot box. What you think of the law is irrelevant out on the street. That is why we have lawyers