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  1. Documenting use of force.

    Anyone ever consider how to document use of force?

    On duty I carry a recorder- I make contact with someone "click" and its all caught on tape. That eliminates most complaints- there is evidence..

    So here is the situation:
    You get out of work and walk to the parking garage. You stayed a bit late for whatever reason- it was unforeseen and could not be avoided. So you're by yourself- you're paying attention. You step out of the elevator on the top floor and start walking to your car.

    The stairwell door swings open and 2 "thug" type males step out both wielding knives. They demand your wallet. You give it to them. They become annoyed because you have no cash and only credit cards. They demand the keys to your car, and cell phone- you comply.

    One of the males says "he's going to call the cops" to his scumbag friend and starts approaching you aggressively with a knife in his hand..

    You've done all you could do- you gave them your wallet, keys, cell phone, and now you assume they want your life. So you draw your weapon, and the thug continues forcing you to shoot.

    The accomplice picks up his friends knife and runs away.

    The person you shot lives. Both scumbags testify that they were lost looking for their car and you pulled your gun and robbed them. When one said 'no' you shot him.

    Its 2 vs 1 with no physical evidence other than your bullet in some guys chest.

    Hell of a situation to be in...

    I've thought of some ways to document evidence but I want to hear some opinions..
    Quick to the gun, Sure of your grip. Quick to the threat, sure of your shot. - Chris Costa

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClearSightTactical View Post
    Anyone ever consider how to document use of force?

    On duty I carry a recorder- I make contact with someone "click" and its all caught on tape. That eliminates most complaints- there is evidence..

    So here is the situation:
    You get out of work and walk to the parking garage. You stayed a bit late for whatever reason- it was unforeseen and could not be avoided. So you're by yourself- you're paying attention. You step out of the elevator on the top floor and start walking to your car.

    The stairwell door swings open and 2 "thug" type males step out both wielding knives. They demand your wallet. You give it to them. They become annoyed because you have no cash and only credit cards. They demand the keys to your car, and cell phone- you comply.

    One of the males says "he's going to call the cops" to his scumbag friend and starts approaching you aggressively with a knife in his hand..

    You've done all you could do- you gave them your wallet, keys, cell phone, and now you assume they want your life. So you draw your weapon, and the thug continues forcing you to shoot.

    The accomplice picks up his friends knife and runs away.

    The person you shot lives. Both scumbags testify that they were lost looking for their car and you pulled your gun and robbed them. When one said 'no' you shot him.

    Its 2 vs 1 with no physical evidence other than your bullet in some guys chest.

    Hell of a situation to be in...

    I've thought of some ways to document evidence but I want to hear some opinions..
    Cellphones have a camera, often even a video. The resolution isn't the best but it should show a gun or knife on the ground by the perp.

    You're going to be calling 911, push the camera button too. And stay on the line with 911 when you get them so what ever was said gets recorded.

    It would be nice if the was an inexpensive cap-cam with a gigabyte flash card but that would bring up Forth Amendment issues and demands for disclosure of ALL that might be on your "tape."

    Maybe that is why celebrities travel in packs, with witnesses.
    The people think the Second Amendment protects their rights;
    Government sees an obstacle to be over-come.
    NRA Life since 1966

  4. Dare I go on record and say shoot both of them.........horrible to contemplate, but they both had knives and were threatening your life.
    On the other hand, 2 thugs with knives on their first attack?? Come on, they have records, the police know them, and have probably busted them in the past. In court, anything can happen, but, who are the prosecutor, judge, and jury going to believe, a couple of thugs, or a middle aged, job holding taxpayer with a family to support, no criminal record or record of violence, who was carrying legally?
    Now, if they ran at the first sight of the gun, they would probably have a case for assault with a deadly weapon or something........

    This is my expert legal opinion from watching Boston Legal, I love (in a very manly, hetero way, of course!!) Shattner!!!
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    I'm wondering how many would give them your wallet, then keys and cell phone??

    How do the thugs explain
    1) their fingerprints on your stuff??? (IF they left it behind)
    2) Your keys cellphone and wallet are all missing, if you were robbing them (IF they took the items)
    3) you were robbing them, but you called 911
    4) You decided to become a robber in your middle life, so you chose to rob two people not one, AT / NEAR your jobsite... Which is more likely... They attacked you at your jobsite, or you attacked them on the way home because you needed $$$ for a Big Mac ...

    You wouldn't rob somebody in a place they could find you later.. Doesn't make since.. NOW they have to explain why they were there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfling68 View Post
    Dare I go on record and say shoot both of them.........horrible to contemplate, but they both had knives and were threatening your life.
    On the other hand, 2 thugs with knives on their first attack?? Come on, they have records, the police know them, and have probably busted them in the past. In court, anything can happen, but, who are the prosecutor, judge, and jury going to believe, a couple of thugs, or a middle aged, job holding taxpayer with a family to support, no criminal record or record of violence, who was carrying legally?
    Now, if they ran at the first sight of the gun, they would probably have a case for assault with a deadly weapon or something........

    This is my expert legal opinion from watching Boston Legal, I love (in a very manly, hetero way, of course!!) Shatner!!!
    Very funny video and completely reckless and guaranteed to land you in jail.

    The cops know the BGs and if you shoot a BG w/o legal justification you're a BG too. If you don't think about the justifiable use of force [and post about it on a public forum] you will spend years behind bars.
    The people think the Second Amendment protects their rights;
    Government sees an obstacle to be over-come.
    NRA Life since 1966

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfling68 View Post
    Dare I go on record and say shoot both of them.........horrible to contemplate, but they both had knives and were threatening your life.
    On the other hand, 2 thugs with knives on their first attack?? Come on, they have records, the police know them, and have probably busted them in the past. In court, anything can happen, but, who are the prosecutor, judge, and jury going to believe, a couple of thugs, or a middle aged, job holding taxpayer with a family to support, no criminal record or record of violence, who was carrying legally?
    Now, if they ran at the first sight of the gun, they would probably have a case for assault with a deadly weapon or something........

    This is my expert legal opinion from watching Boston Legal, I love (in a very manly, hetero way, of course!!) Shattner!!!
    +1. I have made this point several times re being the first to call 911. Frick that, let 'em put my record (Dad, husband, several degrees, working professional) up against BGs (job? rap sheet?). So, I robbed THEM? BS of the highest order.

    I know that we must be aware of all the financial, legal, emotional issues concerned with using our firearms, but we simply cannot become immobilized or afraid to act because of what is a demonstrably f-up legal system.

    Give 'em my wallet, keys, car, etc.? So, they know where I and my family live? Ain't gonna happen. What they are gonna get is LEAD. And I don't care who knows by virtue of the fact that I posted this on an open site.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by Jim_Macklin View Post
    Very funny video and completely reckless and guaranteed to land you in jail.

    The cops know the BGs and if you shoot a BG w/o legal justification you're a BG too. If you don't think about the justifiable use of force [and post about it on a public forum] you will spend years behind bars.
    Video???
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  9. The purpose of this is to create an absolute worst case situation. Of course it is unlikely. Lets assume for arguments sake that:

    1. They have no criminal records - because they've never been caught.Matter a fact they're honor students :-D
    2. That you comply with their demands up until 1 of them approaches you aggressively.
    3. That they take your property, and the weapons they were using.
    4. That you cannot take video with your cell (they took it).

    Again, all very unlikely but entirely possible. So how do you document it. Hoping the PD figures out the truth isn't really my idea of safeguarding my freedom.
    Quick to the gun, Sure of your grip. Quick to the threat, sure of your shot. - Chris Costa

  10. I'd really like to see some lasermax internal style video cameras with audio. We're probably at least 10 years away from anything like that.

    Right now there is something called a "shot cam" which is very expensive, and bulky. Has a light and audio/video.
    If they slimmed it down at least to a TLR-1/2 i'd consider it. It comes w/ a special holster for some very select weapons. The holster has a magnet in it, as soon as the weapon comes out everything comes on. Its a really cool concept for duty use, you'd have to be very creative in concealing it though :(



    Also, TASER has a product called the 'AXON'- very expensive around $1,800/unit last time we priced them..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClearSightTactical View Post
    You've done all you could do- you gave them your wallet, keys, cell phone, and now you assume they want your life. So you draw your weapon, and the thug continues forcing you to shoot.

    The accomplice picks up his friends knife and runs away.

    ..
    Well, since this is your hypothetical scenario, you can include whatever elements you want.

    But...once you have 1) demonstrated tht you are armed, and 2) are willing to use lethal force (you just shot and killed BG #1) and 3) you are still holding your weapon, (presumabley now pointed at BG #2) its pretty unlikely that BG #2 is going have the presence of mind, and take the time, to pick up BG#1's knife (or collect any other evidence)

    He is either going to simply turn tail and run like hell, or surrender.

    JMHO

    bill

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