- Philip Holloway: Prudence and Supreme Court precedent mandate caution as we react to Alton Sterling shooting
- All police officers dread calls like the one in Baton Rouge and we should wait to get all the facts, he writes
Philip Holloway, a CNN legal analyst, is a criminal defense lawyer who heads his own firm in Cobb County, Georgia. A former prosecutor and adjunct professor of criminal justice, he is former president of the Cobb County Bar Association's criminal law section. Follow him on Twitter: @PhilHollowayEsq. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)The shooting death of Alton Sterling is the type of encounter that law enforcement officers dread: responding to a vague call about someone with a gun. The officers in Baton Rouge were told Sterling had a gun in his pocket and that he had been threatening others with it. They had no way of knowing for sure if they were headed to a really bad situation, like an active shooter, or a potential false alarm. Prudence dictated that the officers brace themselves for the worst and hope for the best.