Originally Posted by pax
Plenty of people caught up in a domestic violence cycle turn around and attack the responding officers.
Just so; victims even have been known to "defend" their abusers by doing so.
And while we may admire the courage of an officer who, for instance, talks down a child who's wielding a gun, and so defuses the situation, we shouldn't lose sight of the fact that the officer is putting his or her own safety at risk by choosing not to shoot. Police have every right to put their own safety first if someone is pointing a gun at them -- as do we.