That seems to be the problem of the age. We look at these conflicts and try to determine who’s right and who’s wrong; but so often today ALL sides are wrong.
Obviously this guy was a cop for some time, so he wasn’t making a habit of provoking people to threaten him. On the other hand, he apparently DID have some fantasies.
Scumbag dirty cop meets scumbag thug gangsta - and somebody’s dead and a whole quadrant of the city is afire.
This dirty-on-all-sides stuff reminds me of the Trumpy Sagas. The Party Elites pushing their cipher-god - and who cannot stand the idea that the Muppets resist. And the cultists, pushing their Orange Julius Caesar - who have their fantasy, their narrative, and don’t want FACTS interfering. There’s a conflict…and who’s right? NEITHER. They’re BOTH coming from the side of deceit and lies and personal agendas; and BOTH sides, EITHER side, if allowed to take their desires to a conclusion, will fail.
There seems, anymore, no regard for virtue or upstanding morals. Not in public office and not in the city police force. Even the Boy Scouts finally caved to the sodomites.