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Self Defense Protection

The lamestream media told you:
Two police officers in Scottsdale, in an incident typical of many occurring regularly around the nation, shot and killed a suspect who had pointed a gun and threatened to murder them. "Both are on administrative leave, a routine move in shooting cases," according to the reporters Scarborough and Indrelunas, writing for The Arizona Republic.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Although it is standard policy to prevent officers involved in shootings from speaking with anyone for at least 48 hours, and removing them from any contact with the press or others, the same is never true for innocent civilians involved in life-saving self defense incidents. Reasons for the unequal treatment are sketchy.

Standard procedure against citizens is to apply pressure, obtain damaging statements, implicate the potentially heroic actors in illegal acts, collect incriminating evidence, and otherwise compromise every chance they will be found innocent and set free. Despite this, the right to defend yourself is implied in the bundle of rights covered by the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights.

Police officers will issue a statement, in writing, days or even weeks later, in consultation with their department's legal team (not just "an" attorney), and are then again sequestered from additional remarks or questioning.

In stark contrast, the trial for a citizen involved in self defense against a criminal attacker often begins in the "news" media with conjecture, unfounded statements from authorities, and general contempt for anyone who would use a firearm to save their lives from an unprovoked felony attack.

The reason for treating officials with concern for their innocence, which is not also provided to innocent citizens, is not known.

Defense attorneys uniformly advise against speaking with the "news" media after a shooting incident. You are least capable of coherent statements and cogent word choices right after surviving a lethal confrontation, or even the stress of a firearms accident. In at least one case, Vice President Dick Cheney's hunting accident in February, reporters demanded instant details, with no concern for either victim's rights or legal protections. Cheney, a Republican, implied that the media was uncompassionate, showing a left-wing anti-gun-rights bias and being unfair. The media denied the charges.

Bloomfield Press offers a valuable book, You And The Police, which outlines generally unknown procedures citizens can use to protect themselves in encounters with police, from traffic stops to investigations after life-threatening incidents.

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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