As explained in the bonus podcast episode, I'm going to do more content here on Patreon instead of over on Facebook. So here goes:
I've shared videos from the JCS channel before and they are consistently excellent. This is another one well worth watching, for a variety of reasons:
- Contrast what happens on the surveillance video with the recollection of events as told by Drejka. Some of that can be explained by the adrenal dump distorting vision, hearing and memory. Or it could be he is lying. Or he has strong beliefs about what self-defense is and it colors his perception of events. Or all of the above and more. Regardless, his statements don't match the events shown in the video. Consider if you might suffer this warped recollection too. If so, what can you do to prevent it? If not, why do you think you're immune? You don't have to answer publicly, but the questions are worth pondering before you find yourself in a similar situation.
- Notice how the interrogating officers build their case. Interrogating people who just shot and killed somebody is what they do for a living. It is not new to them. They have training and experience. Mr. Drejka is there for the first time and it shows.
- Re. the previous point, Mr. Drejka very much talks himself deeper into trouble. He says things like "I needed a force multiplier" or states the "21-foot rule" I wrote about that here, BTW: https://wimsblog.com/2012/03/the-tueller-drill-and-self-defense/ The point is that he seems to have strong opinions on self-defense but very little information about the legal requirements for your actions to qualify as such. By stating his case like this, he gives the prosecution loads of ammunition to convict him if it goes to court.
- This video shows exactly why I always give people this advice re. self-defense: talk to a lawyer. Then talk to a LEO. Ask them their advice on what self-defense is and what isn't. Don't listen just to me or your instructor. Listen to the people who's job it is to either put you in jail or exonerate you for using your techniques.In particular, do so where you live. Countries and states have different laws and legal system. I know for a fact what applies to me in my country is different from most states in the US. So make sure you focus on your area instead of sticking to only general advice.