posted on Jul, 5 2013 @ 12:03 PM
Here's the way I see it going down... through the eyes of all concerned. After all, it has been said that every person is following a logical,
reasonable method for survival in the type of world they think they live in.
Daly is walking out of a store after having purchased some items. She gets in her car and several men close in and surround her, with guns drawn and
yelling all together so no single order is clear. They are flashing something, but in the heat of the moment she has no way to realize what. She is
shocked, surprised, and the main thought in her mind is that these men are attacking her and she needs to get away at all costs before she is raped or
The agents are certain that they have a lawbreaker in their sights. She is moving in a suspicious manner; perhaps the way she is holding the water is
suspicious. She could be armed; she even could have a felony record or be on the lam. They have to be safe when apprehending her. Guns need to be at
the ready in case she decides to open fire with an undiscovered weapon. They approach and yell out who they are, The girl is acting more suspicious
because she doesn't immediately comply. This indicates she may be about to run or attack. Guns are drawn and the demands are repeated. She still
doesn't comply, meaning she has something to hide. At this point, there is sufficient cause for alarm for other agents to come in as back-up.
Two different interpretations of the same situation. The real question, in legal terms, is which one is "reasonable."
I believe Daly was acting in a reasonable manner. She was suddenly thrust into a situation that was not unlike an armed assault. She was unable to
process the amount of information coming at her: the sudden appearance of strangers, the drawn guns, the undecipherable orders, the flashing of
something illegible. Her thoughts focused on escape, as any reasonable person's thoughts would do.
The agents did not properly identify themselves. The suddenness of the sting left the girl unable to fully comprehend the situation, and the actions
of the agents were perpetrated based on their own knowledge of the events, not on those which would be available to Daly. They knew who they were and
that they were authorized to question and detain Daly if necessary. They knew the guns were only a precaution for their own safety. They did not,
however, allow for how much of that information Daly was aware of (which was almost none).
This is a problem that is escalating out of control. Police have taken a safety-first attitude ion their job... not a bad thing in itself, by any
means, but when taken to an extent that it overrides the necessity of overt and clear identification necessary to ensure compliance by law-abiding
citizens, this concern over personal safety destroys the officer's ability to perform their job. No one can be reasonably expected to grasp in the
space of a few mere seconds the fact that they are being confronted by an officer of the law; there is a short time period during which the person
being confronted must adjust to the new situation.
During this short time period, the suspect cannot reasonably be expected to react in a proper manner. That's why so many people are being tased
unnecessarily. The officer will announce themselves in a sudden, confrontational manner, the suspect will attempt to determine what is happening and
will require a few seconds to realize their new situation, and the officer will fire the taser in those few seconds. Now the suspect is under even
more duress, physical pain and immobility as well as confusion. The suspect is under attack and is experiencing the flight or fight reaction on a
subconscious level, while the officers are interpreting this natural reaction to their actions as threatening.
It has been stated that police are not there to prevent crime, but to clean up afterward. If this is true, that means that the police should not be
anticipating a crime against themselves either, but this anticipation is often blatantly obvious.
The only way to stop this, as much as I hate to say it, is to fire at least 50% of the police out there. At least this many are simply unable to
handle the stress of the job and should not be in law enforcement. I have the highest respect for those who do their job with common sense and
bravery, but I have no respect for those who are cowards with badges and guns. I have met too many of these, and have actually looked down the
business end of a shaking barrel, unarmed and barely clothed while fully cooperating. I saw nothing in those blue eyes but fear, and fear in that
situation could easily have gotten me killed.
Until this happens, the situation will get worse.