Yes, but officers are allowed to talk to anyone just like a regular citizen.
And without reasonable articulable suspicion
justifying involuntary custodial arrest
, the citizen is not required to respond or identify himself. In Wisconsin, one must be suspected of crime for the LEO to have any authority - the RAS.
I don't think any of us will try to argue that this guy made the right choices about how he handled the situation.
Which "guy," Lemon the victim or Samson the cop? If the articles are anywhere near the truth, Lemon did exactly what he needed to own the Madistan PD!
Did he make threats soon after being contacted? etc..
A combative statement in an altercation instigated by LEOs changes status at some point in the timeline? Hypothetically, it is a 'threat' until the cops use their big voices the second time and then it is verbally combative? Obviously I disagree with this client.
I also don't mind police wearing heavier vests. 20 years ago, no. Now that ARs are so plentiful (hopefully the ammo will be next!) police should be equipped to deal with those situations.
"AR," meaning what, Automatic Rifles, Armalite Rifles, Assault Rifles? Which do you believe should be denied citizens, and the ammo too? Please be clear?
Regardless of attire, its all about the professional attitude.
I find the continuing debate about 'professionalism' amusing in light of my career http://www.nnsy1.navy.mil/DeptLinks/test_division.htm
and of the TSA's (epitomizing ne'er-do-wells' promotion) "to professionalize you must federalize."
Either we are equal or we are not. Good people ought to be armed where they will, with wits and guns and the truth. NRA *******