'Drop the weapon' is not just a request

Editor's Note: Too often, reporters reflect a general ignorance of the extreme challenges officers face in deadly force situations. In this case, however, a Seattle columnist demonstrates a more solid understanding of the realities of these encounters. Hopefully his commentary will help enlighten those who stand in judgment without really understanding the issues surrounding incidents like the one referenced here.

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