Tyndmyr wrote:See, everyone keeps saying this. The whole "heat of the moment" thing. But what makes THAT a moment?
It's about stress. Two grown men sitting on the ground, one of them with a toy, is easy to dismiss as nothing from the sidelines - especially after the fact. But when you're actually there, and you've got to decide within a few seconds what they're doing and whether they pose a threat to you or anyone else, that's a lot to process in a moment.
If someone's trying to kill me, I or anyone else will always have to decide fairly quickly to stop it. But mostly, we don't murder each other for sitting down, holding a toy car, or talking to someone who is. Everyone else seems to manage this fairly easily.
But the point is, he didn't shoot the guy for lying down, or holding a toy car, or for talking. My hypothesis is that he shot because he didn't know what the two of them were doing there, didn't know what the guy was holding in his hand, and he saw something - maybe just a flinch - that prompted him to fire his weapon.
Why are cops so shitty at this decision making?
Because they're human. And, because they aren't trained nearly well enough.