Couched in terms of common law, the officers were not in reasonable fear of bodily harm. A reasonable juror would not have perceived the threat that the officers misperceived."Steve James, president of the Long Beach Police Officers Assn., said of the verdict: "It's very disappointing."
"The officers were dispatched to a call about a man with a gun, they arrived and saw what they thought was a gun, they saw a man point a 'gun' at them, and the jury found they don't have the right to defend themselves," James said. "That's concerning not just in this case, but for police officers across the country."