If 5 seconds ago, someone attacks you and tries to take your weapon
Unfortunately for your argument, even that circumstance is under dispute. By some accounts, the officer tried to quickly open his car door while he was too close to Brown, the door bounced off him and hit the officer, and then the officer shot Brown (the first time) in retaliation for his own stupidity.
I agree the facts are under dispute. I'm merely pointing out the scenario where lethal force is justified.
the only way to deescalate it back to a non-lethal level is complete and unconditional surrender.
(Continuing the same account) after getting shot the first time, Brown ran away (justly fearing for his life), got shot at again, and turned around attempting to surrender. Then the officer continued shooting until he fell over dead.
Again, more facts that are disputed. I don't know that he was fired at when his back was turned, and I don't know that he was actually trying to surrender.
The lesson black Americans are learning from this atrocity is:
- If you attempt to assert yourself, you will be murdered.
- If you attempt to flee, you will be murdered.
- Even if you attempt to surrender, you will still be murdered!
If any lesson can be learned by black or white Americans, it should be this. Don't rob stores. If a cop tells you to get out of the road, do it without comment, and certainly don't take a swing at him though the window of his police vehicle. But, if you've done the first three, under no circumstances reach in and try to grab his gun.