|It's a bad thing when a cop kills somebody. Let's establish that up front. Murder is bad, whether it's justified or not. That said, I feel like there are a few simple rules people should follow to lessen their chances of accidentally or intentionally being killed by police:
- Don't play with things that look like real guns. Whether it's a toy gun or a cell phone case that looks like a gun, you probably shouldn't pretend to carry a weapon, and you shouldn't brandish that weapon near or at a cop.
- Don't act aggressive near or towards a cop. Cops are like grizzly bears. Strong and powerful, but generally harmless unless provoked.
- Don't resist arrest. You won't win. Yes you might be treated unfairly or racially profiled, and that's not cool. But when you fight back, you get killed. When you run away, you get killed.
- Stop doing illegal things. I agree, laws are stupid. Certain things shouldn't be illegal. But when you make the decision to engage in a little civil disobedience, however righteous your intentions, you're still breaking the written law of the land, and you'll likely face the consequences of your actions. Death isn't necessarily a consequence, but your chances of getting killed are greatly reduced if you simply don't break the law.