"Keep this one very important thing in mind... The officer is.. what is the phrase so many here like to say..... "Innocent until proven guilty??""
I'm so sorry LEO, but we all feels the same way when you and your fellow LEO's pulls us over/approches us for merely OCing. Hrrmmm:quirky
Sorry.... the job of a LEO is to be suspiciousof what they see and to act on it.
It would be a wonderful world to just believe EVERYONE is innocent!! Yaa!!
But if that were the case.... why would the LEO investigate and look into matters that were suspicious. It is a crappy job to have to be accusatory but one that is necessary.
Many crimes have been solved and/or prevented due to a LEO checking on things that are suspicious.
Please watch Forensic Files one day and see how some cold cases were solved. One instance was a cop stopping a guy walking around at night. Not breaking the law... but his shoes tracks in the snow solved the case!!!
The LEO does not automatically think anyone is "guilty" of a crime... but they sure may believe the person is involved in criminal activity. There is a difference but many people cannot understand that.
As for OCing and being approached. Yes, it is legal but that does not mean you will NEVER be approached or your never be approachedby a LEO just because it is legal.
Many things are legal and people still get approached. Sitting in a car during a bank robbery, hanging out behind a business at night, carrying an axe handle in the city. All legal but there is always a chance something may not be right.
Some people are just "suspicious." I know a great number of unarmed people that were not breaking any laws but were acting or reported to be suspicious. This does not mean a LEO should not approach them.
Unfortunately... some LEOs are not aware it is legal to OC a gun and stop them for that reason alone. I will give them this much.... They are stopping someone they believe
is breaking the law. They are approaching an armed person and often times NOT drawing a gun on them.
So they are at least doing their job and placing themselves in a dangerous situationfor what they believe
is for the good of the people.