The good news and bad news about omnipresent video cameras is that almost nothing happens these days without being recorded and then disseminated instantaneously over social media. The problem is — you know the old adage — lies travel faster than the truth.
Our law enforcement officers are being attacked, both figuratively and unfortunately quite literally, for their actions in line the line of duty. We already know from the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” meme that things aren’t always what they seem at first blush. There are always at least two viewpoints.
This video shows with shockingly honest clarity what a police officer might encounter on a routine traffic stop. He’s forced to make split-second decisions based on how the events unfold.
As The Blaze reports,”A police officer in Trinity, Texas, was forced to make an incredibly difficult split-second decision during a tense August 29 traffic stop when a man reached for a gun in the front passenger seat.
Officer Randy Wheeler drew his firearm and ordered the suspect to keep his hands up and outside of the car — but it’s an incident that easily could’ve resulted in death or tragedy.
Officer Randy Wheeler drew his firearm and ordered the suspect to keep his hands up and outside of the car — but it’s an incident that easily could’ve resulted in death or tragedy.Trinity Police Chief Steven Jones said the police department chose to release video of Wheeler’s scary traffic stop from two different angles to prove a major point about the type of split-second decisions cops are forced to make on a daily basis.”
This is no different than what our warriors go through in combat on the battlefield. Split-second decisions can make the difference between life and death. Ask Clint Lorance…Watch the video, and then decide. What would you have done?
Moral of the story: don’t be so quick to judge.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]