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Stupid Self Defense Mistakes that can cost you your freedom

Discussion in 'Strategies, Tactics, and Training' started by Jeff White, Nov 9, 2022.

  1. Jeff White

    Jeff White Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Alma Illinois
    Again these attorneys handle self defense cases in Texas. Some myth busting going on here and I'm sure some members here are going to disagree with all of this:
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  2. RickD427

    RickD427 Member

    Dec 25, 2010
    King County
    I watched the whole video and substantially agree with the presenters. Both are lawyers and I am not. My background is as an LEO and one who has responded to several incidents where defensive force was used.

    Both of the attorneys in the video stressed the importance of your words and actions being in alignment with the threat. Those points are excellently made.

    My issues with the video, and they are minor, is in what was not said. One of your foremost concerns in a defensive use of force is your obligation to manage the scene until relieved by first responders. Your use of force does not create an immediate "Time Out" until law enforcement arrives. Every situation is going to be different. You need to manage the scene. A key part of being relieved is knowing what to say, and what not to say, to the first responders. I didn't hear any meaningful commentary on that point from either presenter. My recommendation is to become familiar with "Public Safety Statement" that has flowed from New York v Quarles and to stick to it.

    The presenters discussed their four issues of concern, but I've often seen a fifth area that was not discussed. The incident itself is going to produce some form of "Shock" or "Trauma" to the victim. Folks tend to make undeliberated statements during such times, and that often very counter-productive. That's another reason to understand Quarles and to be careful not to make any statements at the scene outside of Quarles.
  3. Kleanbore

    Kleanbore Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 13, 2008
    All plainly obvious to anyone who thinks about it.
  4. dweis

    dweis Contributing Member

    Oct 2, 2022
    Southeast PA
    @RickD427: thank you for the citation. It is among the best legal info I have ever gotten from any forum. I read about the case. The link below is for anyone who wants to understand the outcome of the case. I recommend reading it.

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  5. Shawn Dodson

    Shawn Dodson Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    I was completely unaware of New York v Quarles until your post.

    Thank you for posting about it.
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