Does believing that a message is a threat make it so under law?

December 3, 2014 1:09 PM

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The decision by a Missouri grand jury not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown turned largely on the issue of whether the unarmed man posed an immediate threat. And it pointed out how complicated, legally, the issue of what constitutes a threat can be.

Many of those who supported the grand jury decision in the Ferguson case felt that Wilson was obligated to act when confronted by a suspect he perceived to be a threat to public safety. But how does an officer make such a calculus in the heat of the moment? And does the fact that others might not pe...

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