About That Cop/Texter Shooting
Bill Quick

I still find myself thinking about this one at odd moments, and something sort of just popped up.

Reeves, the shooter, was a retired cop.

Now, suppose you are a healthy, fit, muscular, tattooed male.  You get in a loud argument with a cop, curse at him, and finally, from a distance of a couple of feet, throw a bag of popcorn at him.

What do you think your chances of getting shot are at that point?

And what do you think the chances are that the cop, if he does shoot you, will be convicted of any crime?

Reeves’s mistake here was reacting like a cop instead of a private citizen.  And thinking about that raises all sorts of interesting corollary issues, doesn’t it?

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


About That Cop/Texter Shooting — 2 Comments

  1. There are always some situations that are difficult to judge, this being one of them. I’m not sure we know everything to start with. It’s easy to think someone doesn’t need to be shot over a bag of popcorn, but then throwing a bag of popcorn could easily just be the ruse for what comes next. I’m reserving judgment on this until/if I know more.

    But I agree with your point, interesting issues here. I’ve seen cops act like cops when out of uniform/retired from copdom, including a couple friends. It’s more than just the training. They have a different mindset than the cops I grew up with.

  2. Well, even when I was a wild-assed kid, I wouldn’t have thrown a bag of popcorn or anything else at a cop.

    I doubt this jackass would have, either, if he’d known Reeves was both an ex-cop, and armed.

    People who get physical over having their inappropriate texting interrupted tend to be the sort of jerks who probably have more interactions with cops then they really would like.