Officer Darren Wilson of Michael Brown shooting fame has told investigators that in the process of struggling with the victim, that he felt his life was in danger. Let us return to the actual event.
1. Two young men were walking down the street.
2. Neither of the two men had actually committed an action that might make police worried.
3. Neither of these men was bothering anyone.
4. It was officer Wilson who approached them.
The first law of the streets that is learned by anyone who is raised in a poverty area of a city is that when walking among strangers, be quiet and respectful and avoid attracting attention to yourself. I learned this as a boy in the south Bronx. NEVER INITIATE CONFLICT was among my early education. Walk softly and be polite. If officer Wilson simply allowed people to walk down the street, he would never have believed himself to be in a life threatening situation.
How about the new golden rule for our police forces. MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!!
If this rule was followed by urban police, many “life threatening situations” would never occur!