We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Even if Potter wins on appeal, police - and law abiding citizens - will worry when they are taking lawful and appropriate actins to defend themselves and their property.
That the jury entertained the idea that because the duty weapon and the taser looked and felt different under the non-stressful conditions they examined the items gives them a false idea about the ability to focus on and discern that difference in the midst of a life and death situation.
More importantly, it's irrelevant.
The instant the punk started to enter his vehicle, Potter had reasonable and just cause to employ lethal measures. PERIOD.
The attack on the authority of Law Enforcement to conduct their business is one part of the new reality. The other part is, the systematic normalization of long-term, repeat criminal behavior, often violent, having its characterization watered down so that the criminal can be re-labeled as a solid citizen and their behavior accepted by society as 'normal'. All of the protesting over the past 2 years has had this objective. Jury nullification is also helping create the environment. Even with activist prosecutors hammering away at the foundations of the Justice System as an institution. It'll all become right once vigilantism comes back into fashion - and with wholesale daylight looting, gunpoint carjackings, and indiscriminate senseless murder-by-strangers, it will.
Just look at the truck driver in Colorado who got 110 years for killing 4 people.
I get that this woman made a mistake, but it's not like she accidentally knocked over a glass of milk at the dinner table. Somebody died. That's a pretty serious mistake to make. As far as I can tell, she is not taking responsibility for her mistake and the serious nature of it. She's sorry it happened but now that it's done, she just wants to get on with her life. I'm sorry too, but there is a penance that must be paid.
Not that I think she should face the maximum, just as I think the 110 year sentence for the truck driver is nothing more than pure vindictiveness for his daring to ask for a trial rather than taking the plea bargain*, but maybe a couple years in jail to think about what she's done.
*Don't get me started on how plea bargaining has made a corrupt joke of our "criminal justice" system.
Do not forget that the reason they carry tasers is because the left didn't like billy clubs or neck holds. And now they don't like a knee on the neck to hold a violent criminal down. Keep taking away the tools of law enforcement and what are you left with?
The sentencing will be telling. I've never thought errors or mistakes should be criminalized. I believe that 5 years ago this would have neve gone to trial.
She, sadly, correctly, called it. "I'm going to jail."