Interview with John Nichols
QUESTION 44
INTERVIEWER:

JOHN NICHOLS:

Well, I think, I think what you're, what you're seeing is you've got an environment, you know that you're not well-liked, you know that there's been sniping, you know that there's fires going on all along, all, all around you, and suddenly you see something that you think is a fi--is, is, is a, a discharge blast of a firearm. You might very well open up. And you might very well hit a nine year old kid who flicked his dad's cigarette lighter, too. I mean, those are the kind of things that when they're taken out of context, looks hideous. "Police shoot nine year old." "Police shoot unarmed citizen." That's not the way it appeared at the time. Now what I'm saying, and what I said before is that you have to recognize that what an individual perceives at the time may not be actually what somebody else under the cool scrutiny of, of easy and relaxed inspection actually finds. He's reacting to an environment. He's reacting in a, in a sense fear just as well as, as the citizens are. It's not a situation to go into those sit--those things on the street. If you shoot too soon, you're crucified. If you shoot too late, you're buried. It's a no-win, no-win situation.

INTERVIEWER:

OK, cut.