1> You just answered your own question.
2> No one said journalists were smart.
3> This isn't an education error. This is someone's life and personal well being (as well as that of his family) being put in mortal danger.
Imagine if you were Chet's wife and kids, alone in downtown Norfolk, and not a Serviceman like you are.
*I* don't like being in Norfolk by myself.
4> Again, this isn't a training issue, this is willful, or at least negligent endangerment of the civilian population they are sworn to protect, and a severe dereliction of duty.
What would've happened if Chet had been shot (especially when they were tugging and yanking on his weapon), or, Gods forbid, if that half-dozen-plus NPD officers started getting trigger happy in an innocent crowd of fair goers?
What's the average hit-percentage for a weapon fired on duty, outside the range? 25%? Less?
You live in Hampton Roads, you know how crowded it gets.
This is NOT some regulation problem, or paperwork foible. This is officers, acting under color of the law PURPOSEFULLY endangering the lives and well beings of Chet, his family, and EVERYONE AT THE FAIR.