A Dangerous Game
Real or Fake? Do you think you could tell the difference from 50 feet away?
On September 5th, 2015, police officers were called to a residence by an individual’s mother who stated that he was “sitting on the porch with a big, black gun.”
After arriving on the scene, hostage negotiators attempted to get La’vante Trevon Biggs to relinquish his firearm. After he refused he started to make movements toward the police officers who responded with deadly force. Yesterday, it was revealed that the firearm in question was a airsoft replica.
Situations like this are becoming more and more common in today’s media and most end with a tragic loss of life. Some media are starting to blame officers for excessive use of force in situations where it is later determined that the firearm posed no threat to officers.
Realistically, in officers minds, they had no idea that this was not an actual firearm due to the extremely similar look and feel of the replicas.
These incidents serve as a reminder that if you play stupid games, you win stupid prizes. If police officers or armed citizens find themselves in situations like this where this is a actual, articulated threat, they will respond in force. Unfortunately, those individuals have to live with that for the rest of their lives.