I wanted to show him the keys or reach into my bag for the registration and bill of sale. I fought every impulse to do anything that would make him feel threatened. I don't have de-escalation training. I'm the one being held at gunpoint. I'm the one thinking my life could end if he panics. Yet, I'm the one expected to remain calm.
It seems that the legal system is really asking civilians to de-escalate adrenaline-fueled cops. We must remain calm while facing a loaded gun while the trained officers can panic and overreact.
What about our lives? Who protects us from the people who are supposed to protect us?
Thank you to my friends and people throughout the country who have reached out to show support in the wake of my potentially tragic encounter with Knoxville Officer Matthew Janish.