An experience of mine is going to highlight two potential problems actually.
1. People may be pissed off by the light
2. They make think you are a police officer.
I was looking for an address and the light I was using had somehow apparently crossed the eyes of a gentleman who lived in complex.
I tried to avoid windows and balconies and such to avoid that happening.
The person came out and at me hollering and angry.
It took about three minutes to calm him down and let him know it was not intentional.
To his credit, he got his piece (words, not a gun) out and listened to my calm reasonsonable explanation. And I apologized.
I was hoping he would not attack.
I was as ready as I could be, but calm.
At one point he asked me if I was police. I could not help but see he did not seem to like police.
I kind of chuckled later to myself as I recalled how a trainer said having people think you are police is a good thing.
There are no talismans, not even light.
And deescalation skills are imperative.
Avoidance is goal but Murphy does show up….
I tried to avoid shining light in eyes etc.
I was merely trying to make a delivery.
It is never lost on me how dangerous my job is or even a stroll….
And one must be able to defend oneself should a person actually attack.
It is Cooper and his conditions.
I was in Orange.
I did not present any weapon.
I stayed calm.
I listened too and watched person.
If actually attacked, consider what Bruce Lee said, Intercept.
It is the basis. ECQC extremely close quarters combat
Study Craig Douglas. No I don’t know him. But I have researched him and studied his materials as much as I could…..