Detectives say he is armed and dangerous
and should not be approached.
At least where orders to drop the weapon have gone unheeded, an officer is not required to wait until an armed and dangerous
felon has drawn a bead on the officer or others before using deadly force." (32)
Their dedication and hard work over the last six months may have saved many lives." Attorney General Janet Reno was also effusive, declaring that the BATF agents had bravely defended the nation from "a potentially dangerous situation." Raymond Kelly, the Treasury Department undersecretary who oversees the BATF, hailed the demise of an "armed and dangerous
" militia group bent on stirring up "civil unrest."
In short, the FBI winks at armed and dangerous
right-wing groups and keeps under surveillance nonviolent centrist and left-wing groups which have never been a threat to anyone.
They observed no unusual conduct that might have led the officers to reasonably conclude, in light of their experience and training, that criminal activity was about to occur or that the individuals with whom they were dealing were armed and dangerous
. Officers are entitled to conduct a carefully limited search of the outer clothing of individuals who pose a danger to them for the protection of themselves and others in the area and in an attempt to discover weapons which might be used to assault them.
They also know that when one is armed and dangerous
, others, even government bureaucrats, tend to leave a person alone.
In considering the availability of other options, agents are reminded that pursuing an armed and dangerous
subject is not a safe one.
...there must be a narrowly drawn authority to permit a reasonable search for weapons for the protection of the police officer, where he has reason to believe that he is dealing with an armed and dangerous
individual, regardless of whether he has probable cause to arrest the individual for a crime.(6)