What an imbecile!
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What an imbecile!
"The gun is the great equalizer... For it is the gun, that allows the meek to repel the monsters; Whom are bigger, stronger and without conscience, prey on those who without one, would surely perish."
What do you expect from Sonic, a place where you must eat in your car, if you dine there.
While we are all busy castigating the Manager, or former Manager as the case may be, ask your self how you would feel if you had been there and intervened.
While this may have appeared to be a felony in progress it was in fact something else. Yes, the "reasonable person" would most likely conclude that armed intervention was in fact justifiable, given what was known at the time, there is no guarantee that things will be seen that way. The on duty constabulary has liability coverage and legal immunity if they did in fact follow agency policy when they intervened. The off duty constabulary may, or may not, have that same umbrella of protection, depending upon state law, agency policy and various other factors.
While the situation may in fact be a "justified shoot" that does little to help one sleep at night after this type of situation. I contend that my sleep is more important than the employees or customers enjoying their Sonic burger. Therefore I contend that outside of a 911 call and me getting to cover, or away from the scene, unless you are threatening me and mine I will not intervene beyond summoning the on duty LEO's to sort it out.
Yes, I realize that sounds cold. Guess what, it's a cold world.
You cannot do such a thing with public around, without expecting huge public backlash at the lunacy of putting people at risk like that. Yes, at minimum, they were risking an upstanding citizen intervening and taking out the felon. At worst, innocents could have been harmed in a situation that doesn't go well.
Man that dude's dumber than a bag of hammers!
"He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." – Luke 22:36
"If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so." – Thomas Jefferson
"Stand your ground, don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here!" - John Parker April 19th, 1775 Lexington, MA