People can only assess a situation with as much data as is present to them, and the fact that the knife was folded, or his prior mental condition was not present to the police involved. Perhaps them knowing this would have changed the sentiment and severity of the threat, but they didn't, and I don't think it's insane to expect someone to use self-defense after consecutive failed attempts to de-escalate a situation where a man with a knife approaches you, even granting there were non-lethal options on the table. I wouldn't expect such a level of hesitation from anyone. Had the cops instigated a man who was about to commit suicide without the element of the man threatening someone else, and they ended up killing him from there, I think my opinion would be different. Now that I've had time to think about it, I actually believe a pretty strong case of self-defense can be made, though I'm not talking about a legal one of course.
There's also a good enough portion of our culture that specifically goes out of its way to go against pretty much all the things you just listed.vegetariantaxidermy wrote: ↑Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:21 pmThat's because its people are collectively insane. I have no idea why, but I think it's a combination of the Constitution i.e. Second Amendment, paranoia (media driven) religion as practiced by morons, junk food, forcing children to worship of a piece of cloth every morning and constantly bombarding them with the idea that their country is 'the greatest', and Noah Webster's idiocratic 'dictionary'.