And yet you could fail to maintain adequate following distance on a wet road, fail to get enough traction, and rear-end a stopped car - yet not draw criminal charges unless the state decided you weren't only too close, but reckless. Drivers kill people in preventable accidents, and get reamed in civil court, yet typically they do not face criminal records or jail times.
Was the guy stupid? Sure.
Do I carry in that manner, or recommend carry in that manner? No.
And yet I feel we as a nation tend to overcharge and/or criminalize way too many things. This is especially true when guns are involved.
And no, I am not for cutting him a break because he is a cop. If anything, I would hold him to a higher standard in a civil suit.