Very disturbing story....
It sounds like to me that Evans let his macho get ahead of his brain. Who assumes something like that, if they aren't looking for a fight to begin with?"You know, like a guy taking his shirt off to fight, that kind of thing, it would free him up to fight," Evans told investigators, according to the transcript.
King is right, and officers who are aggressive and start fights are as bad as the ones they're supposed to be catching. Evans' ego was overblown and he was apparently itching to show him who was "boss".King also wrote that Evans should have never let the situation get so far out of hand.
"While you state your 13 years of law enforcement experience led you to realize you were being assaulted and in a non-defensible position that required you pulling your firearm, that law enforcement experience should have first led you to attempt to de-escalate the argument inside the store. Part of your training and experience involves defusing potentially explosive and confrontational situations so they do not deteriorate to the point they reached," King wrote.
Not to change the subject and no disrespect to the posters here!!! But police officers are not held to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, therefore they are not military. There have been several mentions of the police officer versus the civillian. Technically, police officers are civillians too. It would be better to say police versus citizens. I know it sounds like a stupid issue, but police should not be viewed even mistakenly as military. They derive their power from different sources than the military does. Sorry its a pet peve of mine. Too many departments dress in camo and call non LEO as civillians. Its a power issue and they and all of us need to understand the truth. As your rights are fundementally on the line if LEO transitions to military. Ok, I'll jump off my high horse now, just thought I'd mention that.
It's quite common for Chinese police to be mistaken for the military. Their uniforms differ, but foreigners can't tell which is the military.Yeah!!! I used to as a kid, think of the police as military. Although it was a trip to China, all of the country including the parts not usually gone to by Americans, that I changed my understanding of the importance of a free state. In China, there is little in the distinction between police as citizens and military. I'm sure this will be challenged, but I got the feeling since all wore the same type of uniforms, marched the same, carried the same weapons, etc. I got the feeling and I think most did that the government was everywhere. I see too many similarities in our police already. I can understand the adaptation of certain techniques used by the military for swat,etc. But I never want to see them become the governments right hand. Its apparent from such Katrina like events that they had a tendency already to do such. Anywho, just another one of my rants!!!