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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 5:57 am 
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No way am I going to second-guess that.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:44 pm 
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The police officer had every right to shoot.

There is such thing as the 'precognition' defense _ as outlined by Mas Ayoob...which establishes a precedent.
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Precognition -- commonly called a "sixth sense" (a good phrase to avoid).

Precognition has to do with having seen something so many times that you "see it coming" before the unthreatened observer -- such as a witness -- does. The connection with fight or flight reflex is that, in a deadly threat situation, the mind draws on memory resources that are not typically used.

Precognition is a response to a subconsciously perceived queue, and has successfully been used in criminal defense (Miami policeman Luis Alvarez, 1982).

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There's that, but even without that I would have felt pretty threatened by the sudden jump sideways and reaching for the belt area. When I first viewed the tape, I thought he was reaching for a gun and if so would only have been a fraction of a second from firing a round in the direction of the officer. If he'd turned tail and run without the reaching motion, he might not have gotten shot. He was lucky to survive. Now I think he needs to watch Chris Rock's educational video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj0mtxXEGE8 , especially the part at about 1:50.

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:lol: Thanks for the video, Mike...and how true :D

I wonder why the 'iron shirt' doesn't apply to those punks getting their asses kicked :lol:

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I was reading a book recently on memory (Moonwalking with Einstein, by Joshua Foer), and it delved briefly into studies done on 'experts' and what they were looking - even testing eye motion with sensors - at vs someone who had no training, or some training. Chess players and cops were two different types mentioned. Experts (veteran specialists) are looking at completely different parts of the scene in front of them than people who are not exposed to such things on a regular basis. Veteran cops will pick up on cues rookies won't even know to look for and won't be looking at, and are more likely to respond appropriately.

But that's just science, telling us what we already know, right?

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Experts (veteran specialists) are looking at completely different parts of the scene in front of them than people who are not exposed to such things on a regular basis. Veteran cops will pick up on cues rookies won't even know to look for and won't be looking at, and are more likely to respond appropriately.


This is so true. No substitute for experience that programs...

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