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In my most recent contribution over at PJ Media, I examine the Michael Brown-Darren Wilson encounter with a focus on Wilson’s tactics. I’m in complete agreement with the grand jury’s decision not to indict him, but this is not to say there might have been a different outcome had Wilson not made some key decisions in the moments leading up to the shooting. A sample:
But even as Michael Brown’s death recedes from the front pages, there are still aspects of the case that require examination, not least of which are the tactics employed by Darren Wilson in the moments leading up to the shooting. Though I’m in agreement with the grand jury’s decision in declining to charge Wilson in Brown’s death, it doesn’t mean I agree the shooting was unavoidable. If we imagine a counterfactual scenario and back up, step by step, from the moment the first shot was fired, we can come up with a way in which Michael Brown might have been arrested without the use of deadly force. This is not intended as a criticism of Darren Wilson, but rather as a reminder to police officers who may someday find themselves in a similar situation.
Some of the commenters at PJM lit into me, as is often the case, as did some of my friends on Facebook, almost all of whom are LAPD officers. I have no patience for the people still trying to discredit the grand jury’s decision and howling for Wilson’s scalp; the intent of the piece was not to give them ammunition, even though it may have that effect. Still — as in any shooting or other tactical operation — a thorough debriefing is called for so we can learn from our mistakes. My point is, cops must expect the Michael Browns of the world will do things they shouldn’t; the question is how to react when they do.
And now I turn to you, my fellow Ricochetti. Please read the piece, then come right back and post your comments here.