|Posted by EsseXploreR|
Well people have been killed for having nothing in their hands, so yeah I don't think it's wild to consider the possibility. Also, nobody here has ever had a light shined in their face when they're in the dark? It's likely a pistol grip flashlight, but it could also be a rail mounted light on a sidearm. If all they see is the grip and the light in their face in a high stress situation they could easily justify that at trial.
The point wasn't that "your flashlight looks just like a handgun". My point was that I wouldn't carry one on the off chance it could be confused as one. And that there are better options.
Exactly. Mistakes happen even in daylight.
They aren't going to sit there and rehash it either. Once cops think they got a perp with a gun their demeanor and response changes.
Everyone wants to go home, intact, at the end of their shift...
Even when approaching cops I know, I keep my hands in plain sight and never blind side them when approaching them. If I don't know them I keep my hands where they can see them at all times and ask/tell before going for ID, etc.
They recognize and appreciate these gestures.
A relaxed LEO is a lot easier to deal with and more likely to cut you slack... and never call them 'boss'