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Video- Why Do Cops Shoot Unarmed People?

10/14/2016 12:00:00 AM

A good video explaining the realities involved. by Bob Owens and posted on


YouTuber "possumpopper89" has crafted a 6-minute video that does a fairly good job of explaining why law enforcement officers (and some "regular Joe" citizens with defensive firearms training) sometimes shoot unarmed people.

People who lack this kind of training (which is probably close to 95% of the general population) hold the mistaken belief that officers wait until they see and identify a weapon in a suspect's hand before deciding to open fire.

That is simply not the case much of the time. In many instances, it isn't possible to visually identify a weapon due to lighting conditions or attempts by dangerous criminals to conceal a weapon even as they bring them into play.

The simply fact of the matter is that you can never react as fast as the other person acts. It requires you to observe the other person's actions, orient (analyze and synthesize the incoming data through the lens past experiences, training, culture, and genetic filters), decide on a response, and then act to carry out that decision.

This observe-orient-decide-act process then feeds into the next, as you re-observe, re-orient, make a new decision, and the proceed to your next action. It's a constant series of actions that occurs during your waking hours, first described by U.S. Air Force Col. John Boyd, and it's universally known as the OODA loop.

It's that second O, "orient" that explains why we can be exposed to the same exact stimulus as someone else, but "see" something entirely different when our differing experiences, biases and training come into play.

It's the reason that every single firearms instructor and defensive shooting expert I've met yet (including those very sympathetic to the overall Bundy Ranch case) said without a doubt that Lavoy Finicum was shot reaching for a gun, while so many people in the Patriot movement who lack that same orienting filter see the shooting as a crime.

It's the reason that people seeing the shootings of Terence Crutcherin Tulsa-clearly the inspiration behind this video-or the more recent shooting of Alfred Olango in El Cajon, who presented what we now know as a vaping device in a shooting stance after his best friend died in what appears to be a "suicide by cop" (photo below).

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