I’m poaching from TFL this morning, because some times it’s just a fantastic gold mine of bloggable topics. A poster asks:
Ive read a few of the stories on here where some of you have been held at gunpoint by wary police (usually for opencarry or CCW). Some of the more disturbing cases were when its mentioned that the police officer has his/her finger on the trigger! We’ve all seen the mistakes with this one.
Now, I was trying to figure out, is there ever a good way to suggest to a LEO in that situation to ‘please keep your finger off the trigger’ without escalating things?
No. There really isn’t. If a cop is fired up enough to have his gun pointing at you, keeping your damn mouth shut is probably the best idea. There are only two questions you should be asking: 1) Am I under arrest, and 2) If I’m not under arrest, am I free to go? And even then, you should only be asking those questions when there are no guns being pointed at you.
To make it 100% clear, you cannot talk your way out of an arrest, but you most certainly can talk your way into handcuffs.