This canard holds, “You shouldn’t even think about liability! That will get you killed! Look at things like the Deputy Dinkheller shooting!”
The young deputy who died so tragically in this incident, caught on the dashcam of his patrol car, found himself making that deadly “routine stop” on an emotionally disturbed man who happened to be a Vietnam combat veteran. Things escalated, and when the man became assaultive, the deputy drew his expanding baton, which he was not able to use with effect. The suspect strode purposefully back to his car, and withdrew and loaded a .30 caliber M-1 carbine.