It's just way too subjective. If you are looking for a murderer, you aren't going to stop a person for jaywalking.
A couple years ago a pair of Chicago cops got fired for cowardice. It was the right thing to do, but they shouldn't have then faced criminal or civil penalties.http://www.policeone.com/officer-misconduct-internal-affairs/articles/137359-Two-Ill-cops-fired-for-cowardice/
Even this shows the problem with the bureaucracy and union rules.
Three Chicago Police officers ran away when a fellow officer was struggling for his life with an armed man in a Dominick's store on the South Side, officials said Wednesday.
Two of the fleeing officers were about 10 months into their 18-month probationary period before they could have become full-fledged officers with union benefits.
Those female officers -- called PPOs in cop parlance -- have been fired by police Supt. Phil Cline.
A third male officer, whose probation ended about three months ago, faces a departmental investigation and possible termination, too.
I don't know if he was fired or not, but it should have been immediately. If you can't fire a cop on the spot that runs away when another officer is struggling for his life, you got a screwed up system.
Cline can fire probationary officers at will, but full-fledged officers have extensive due-process rights.
It's not like there was doubt.
The incident was captured on a Dominick's security camera and was reviewed by department officials.
However, even these three should have not been in legal jeopardy of a lawsuit.
King removed a 9mm pistol from his pants pocket and pointed the weapon at the officer, who then fatally shot King, officials said.
It wouldn't take a very creative lawyer to argue that if these three officers had done their duty that King would be alive today and therefore his poor widow and there 8 children will suffer because of one little mistake made by their poor misunderstood father who should have never died if those cowardly cops had just done their duty, so members of the jury please help this poor family that have tragically lost their father.
Stupid people can cause problems, but it usually takes brilliant people to create a real catastrophe. Thomas Sowell