Originally Posted by certifiedfunds
Well that applies to anyone walking. Why does a rifle change the situation?
A rifle would make the situation more sensitive to the cop. A rifle, slung across the chest, with a mag in the well and the bolt closed makes it an even higher threat.
And I've read enough of your posts to know that you are smart enough to understand that. You're playing dumb, but you know exactly why the police respond the way they do/did.
Oh, and yes, walking down the street CAN be seen as a threat. someone calls the cops that there's a suspicious person walking down their street, they'll come to investigate. They get there, see you walking, and they're going to be on edge and order you to stop and keep you hands where they can be seen. This is both legal and proper. If you're dumb enough to keep walking or shove your hand in your pocket, your life is in YOUR hands, not the cops.
And after you've stopped, explained that your car broke down and you're just walking through the neighborhood to get home (old lady saw you, didn't recognize you, and called the cops; that's a "suspicious person" call that most police will investigate, at least with a pass-by in the car), then they will likely say "thank you for your patience, and sorry for the inconvenience." But, again, you act like a jackass, you get treated like a jackass, plain and simple.