“Law enforcement officers are searching for two assault suspects who hid in bushes, posed as police officers and chased a man and his girlfriend down an apartment hallway,” q13.com reports. Jack Permison read this tale and sent us a big SMH. The Chief Instructor at Castle Defense Solutions, is wondering what a gun owner should do to deal with the possibility of faux po-po . . .
As an everyday carrier, and a firearms instructor this type of behavior is bad for both sides. The obvious for the bad guys doesn’t need to be expanded on, but now the good guys need to be concerned in today’s police vers public environment. I am not anti-cop but I do have a concern for how to deal with a situation like this. I haven’t had a good answer for my students that I felt comfortable with. Police interactions are a regular topic with students and I’ve always told them to be nonthreatening.
Two scenarios come to mind.
Scenario #1, I am at condition one, with shields down (let’s be honest we all do it, can’t be at Red Alert all the time) let’s say like the story above entering my home. Bad guy out of view announces himself as a police officer, tells me hands up, and keeps out of view. Hand goes immediately away from my firearm regardless of open or concealed carry. If a real police interaction is going to happen they will know I am a legal carry. Last thing I want to do is present any sort of threatening action.
So hands are going to be in a clearly non-threatening manner. However in this scenario we have the “bad guys” not the good guys who have successfully managed to temporarily throw off my defense. And potentially get access to my firearm. Want to avoid this but clearly until I know for sure this isn’t a police officer my hands are not going anywhere near my firearms. Which obviously leaves me defensively exposed.
Scenario #2, I am at condition one, with shields down. Good guy out of view announces himself as a police office, tells me hands up and keeps out of view. Again if a real police interaction is going to happen they will know I am a legal carry. Last thing I want to do is present any sort of threatening action. So hands are going to be in a clearly non-threatening manner. In this case it most likely will be a short conversation to get to the bottom of the story. Hopefully just a misunderstanding.
What I want to avoid is scenario #1, being defenseless. And scenario #2, being seen a threat to the real police.
I’d be very interested to hear what your readership has to say about this.