I’m not going to get into a debate on use of force but I will say, a confrontation, un-armed or not, is still a confrontation. Threat management is a big factor to consider. The NYPD officers reacted instictively to a tough situation. An accident happened with Eric Garner. If you think those officers intended to kill this man, you’re insane. If that was the case, they would have just smoked him straight away when he was resisting his arrest. Anyone who’s been in high-threat environments understands this, and knows how difficult these situations are.

And don’t expect five-star customer service from the NYPD when you’re being aggressive and confrontational.

In 2001, prior to deploying to Afghanistan with my SEAL platoon, we were conducting non-compliant ship boardings (Visit, Board, Search & Sieze-VBSS) off the coast of Iraq, enforcing the UN sanctions against Saddam.

When I wasn’t in the helicopter sniper providing overwatch for ECHO platoon, I was on the main assault team. Boarding ships underway in the middle of the night is extremely fun, but also comes with some sketchy situations.