Perhaps the most perplexing bit of commentary coming out the Ferguson grand jury findings are the people who are saying that Officer Wilson wasn’t justified in using deadly force because it was, and I quote here “just a punch in the face.” I’d like to ask those people something: have you ever been punched in the face? It’s not like the movies where a guy can take multiple shots to the face and head, shake it off, and get back in the fight.
I am not a professional fighter. I have a black belt in TKD from high school, played sports, and boxed a little bit during my college years. I have also been in some recreational fisticuffs as a younger man. In that time, I can count the number of full on strikes to the head I’ve received. None of them were pleasant, and none of them were experiences I wished to repeat. Getting your bell rung is not something that most people can deal with, and getting punched in the head by a dude over 6 feet tall that weighs as near as makes no difference 300 pounds is absolutely a potentially deadly assault.
Real violence doesn’t work the way you see it in movies. In the span of a few seconds, Officer Wilson had gone from a simple “stop and talk” to getting punched in the head and having someone try to take his gun.
But it was “just a punch in the head” so he didn’t need to shoot. It was “just a punch in the head” – I can’t even deal with how stupid that line of reasoning is. We’ve talked at great length on this site about the danger simple fists can pose to people. When you add “gun grab” to “punch in the head” what you now have is absolutely a lethal force incident. But whatever, it’s not like facts matter, right? I mean, there’s no ballistic evidence that supports Officer Wilson’s version of events. Oh wait, what’s that? All the ballistic evidence supports his version of events? Psssshhht, doesn’t matter. Wait, you mean reliable witnesses in the grand jury corroborated Wilson’s testimony? Psssshhhttt whatever, doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters anymore are people’s stupid feelings.