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2nd Nov '17 10:45:50 PM Actua11y
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* In the first issue of ''ComicBook/ShadeTheChangingMan'', the cops don't even finish the sentence when they see Roger (Kathy's black boyfriend who she brought to the Deep South to met her parents) wrestling with Trent (white serial killer who had just knifed Kathy's parents to death) on the lawn; they shoot Roger. They were both covered in the same blood during the struggle, though Trent was more blood-splattered for good reason. Trent lampshades the injustice by mockingly complaining about the discrimination shown against ''[[ItsAllAboutMe himself]]''.

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* In the first issue of ''ComicBook/ShadeTheChangingMan'', the cops don't even finish the sentence when they see Roger (Kathy's black boyfriend who she brought to the Deep South to met her parents) wrestling with Trent (white serial killer who had just knifed Kathy's parents to death) on the lawn; they shoot Roger. They were both covered in the same blood during the struggle, though Trent was more blood-splattered for good reason. Trent lampshades {{Lampshades}} the injustice by mockingly complaining about the discrimination shown against ''[[ItsAllAboutMe himself]]''.



* The first ''Film/{{Blade}}'' film takes this to particular extremes. A group of police officers shout "Freeze!" at Blade and then open fire on him before he has even moved, and a later group continues shooting at him with barely any warning (even bringing out an automatic rifle) while he is carrying a civilian. It's ''just'' about possible that these were police who were in the pocket of vampires, or that they recognised Blade as a wanted and dangerous criminal, but it is still a stretch.
* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''. Cops are very aggressive in this film and open fire on Spider-Man twice onscreen. The first time he was doing nothing but ''talking'' to the cop, and the cop almost accidentally killed the man Spider-Man had webbed up. Apparently the police officer was assuming Spiderman's webslingers were deadly weapons, and so therefore he felt justified in brandishing a weapon

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* The first ''Film/{{Blade}}'' film takes this to particular extremes. A group of police officers shout "Freeze!" at Blade and then open fire on him before he has even moved, and a later group continues shooting at him with barely any warning (even bringing out an automatic rifle) while he is carrying a civilian. It's ''just'' about possible that these were police who were in the pocket of vampires, or that they recognised recognized Blade as a wanted and dangerous criminal, but it is still a stretch.
* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''. Cops are very aggressive in this film and open fire on Spider-Man twice onscreen. The first time he was doing nothing but ''talking'' to the cop, and the cop almost accidentally killed the man Spider-Man had webbed up. Apparently Apparently, the police officer was assuming Spiderman's webslingers were deadly weapons, and so therefore he felt justified in brandishing a weaponweapon.



* ''Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy''. British spy Jim Prideaux realises he's under surveillance and starts walking away. A Hungarian secret service agent races into the street, yelling for him to stop and firing a warning shot (which ends up in the head of an InnocentBystander). The other secret police agents start shouting at him to calm down, as the alley is already blocked off by the secret police, but the man puts a second bullet into Jim's back, much to the KGB's fury as they wanted him alive.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/AdeleHasntHadHerDinnerYet''. Nick Carter, an American private eye investigating in Prague, but cooperating with a local police commissioner, uses this phrase twice when he's chasing a suspect. The suspect is at that point confirmed to be helping The Gardener, who is a mysterious criminal master mind, responsible for the disappearance Nick is investigating and they know they plan a murder. While going after him, he accidentally meets his LoveInterest who doesn't know he's a detective, and he tells her that he's playing a game of "Cops & Robbers" with a friend.

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* ''Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy''. British spy Jim Prideaux realises realizes he's under surveillance and starts walking away. A Hungarian secret service agent races into the street, yelling for him to stop and firing a warning shot (which ends up in the head of an InnocentBystander). The other secret police agents start shouting at him to calm down, as the alley is already blocked off by the secret police, but the man puts a second bullet into Jim's back, much to the KGB's fury as they wanted him alive.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/AdeleHasntHadHerDinnerYet''. Nick Carter, an American private eye investigating in Prague, but cooperating with a local police commissioner, uses this phrase twice when he's chasing a suspect. The suspect is at that point confirmed to be helping The Gardener, who is a mysterious criminal master mind, mastermind, responsible for the disappearance Nick is investigating and they know they plan a murder. While going after him, he accidentally meets his LoveInterest who doesn't know he's a detective, and he tells her that he's playing a game of "Cops & Robbers" with a friend.



* In ''Fool Moon'', book two of Literature/TheDresdenFiles, Harry is shot at by FBI agents as he flees arrest. [[LampshadeHanging As they are shooting at him he explicitly thinks about how they are]] ''[[LampshadeHanging not]]'' [[LampshadeHanging supposed to be allowed to shoot him for fleeing]]. [[spoiler: [[JustifiedTrope It turns out the agents are actually the villains of the book, and have been planing for several chapters to kill him and frame him for their own crimes]].]]

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* In ''Fool Moon'', book two of Literature/TheDresdenFiles, Harry is shot at by FBI agents as he flees arrest. [[LampshadeHanging As they are shooting at him he explicitly thinks about how they are]] ''[[LampshadeHanging not]]'' [[LampshadeHanging supposed to be allowed to shoot him for fleeing]]. [[spoiler: [[JustifiedTrope [[spoiler:[[JustifiedTrope It turns out the agents are actually the villains of the book, and have been planing planning for several chapters to kill him and frame him for their own crimes]].]]



* ''Literature/The39Clues'' Isabel Kabra. [[spoiler: Only, it's more like, start obeying me again, son, or I'll shoot your sister. And she does, but in the foot and only as a warning.... And then she threatens to shoot practically everybody.]]
** Plus, she's not a cop- just a [[RichBitch mega-rich evil lady]] capable of probably bribing cops into not arresting her. [[spoiler: Except for in Book 10.]]
* Subverted in one of the RogueWarrior novels. One of the characters is a former cop who yells for a man, later revealed to be a bodyguard, to surrender during a hostage rescue on a plane. Problem is, the rescue team are SEALS. They're not meant to shout "Freeze motherfucker or name your beneficiary," anyone waving a gun about during a firefight is fair game, and despite the officer's efforts the innocent bodyguard was gunned down.

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* ''Literature/The39Clues'' Isabel Kabra. [[spoiler: Only, [[spoiler:Only, it's more like, start obeying me again, son, or I'll shoot your sister. And she does, but in the foot and only as a warning.... And then she threatens to shoot practically everybody.]]
** Plus, she's not a cop- just a [[RichBitch mega-rich evil lady]] capable of probably bribing cops into not arresting her. [[spoiler: Except [[spoiler:Except for in Book 10.]]
* Subverted in one of the RogueWarrior novels. One of the characters is a former cop who yells for a man, later revealed to be a bodyguard, to surrender during a hostage rescue on a plane. Problem is, the rescue team are SEALS. They're not meant to shout "Freeze motherfucker or name your beneficiary," anyone waving a gun about during a firefight is fair game, and despite the officer's efforts efforts, the innocent bodyguard was gunned down.



** An interesting aversion to this occurs in the more recent ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' games. When the player character gets a single wanted star, police officers will approach and attempt to subdue and arrest the player nonlethally, ''unless'' the character has drawn a firearm. At that point they open fire. Progressing to a second star, which generally involves inflicting significant property damage or killing civilians/police, will result in the police simply opening fire and keep on shooting until you're dead.

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** An interesting aversion to this occurs in the more recent ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' games. When the player character gets a single wanted star, police officers will approach and attempt to subdue and arrest the player nonlethally, ''unless'' the character has drawn a firearm. At that point point, they open fire. Progressing to a second star, which generally involves inflicting significant property damage or killing civilians/police, will result in the police simply opening fire and keep on shooting until you're dead.



* Played straight for ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto''. Alright, the way most people play, the cops would be perfectly justified in shooting at your character. Sometimes though, it's less justified, especially when you're comitting non-violent crimes, they'll still shoot.

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* Played straight for ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto''. Alright, the way most people play, the cops would be perfectly justified in shooting at your character. Sometimes though, it's less justified, especially when you're comitting committing non-violent crimes, they'll still shoot.



* This sort of behavior was the basis of the scandal involving Seattle police officer Ian Birk, who shot and killed a Native American woodcarver named John T. Williams he believed was brandishing a knife. However, the dashcam from his police car, while not showing the actual shooting, did demonstrate that there were mere seconds between Birk seeing Williams walking along the street and Williams being shot dead, making it unlikely Williams could even have had the opportunity to do anything threatening. The case was resolved by an internal review declaring the shooting unjustified, and Birk resigned from the force, however no charges were brought against him.

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* This sort of behavior was the basis of the scandal involving Seattle police officer Ian Birk, who shot and killed a Native American woodcarver named John T. Williams he believed was brandishing a knife. However, the dashcam from his police car, while not showing the actual shooting, did demonstrate that there were mere seconds between Birk seeing Williams walking along the street and Williams being shot dead, making it unlikely Williams could even have had the opportunity to do anything threatening. The case was resolved by an internal review declaring the shooting unjustified, and Birk resigned from the force, however however, no charges were brought against him.
1st Oct '17 8:56:51 AM nombretomado
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* ''The39Clues'' Isabel Kabra. [[spoiler: Only, it's more like, start obeying me again, son, or I'll shoot your sister. And she does, but in the foot and only as a warning.... And then she threatens to shoot practically everybody.]]

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* ''The39Clues'' ''Literature/The39Clues'' Isabel Kabra. [[spoiler: Only, it's more like, start obeying me again, son, or I'll shoot your sister. And she does, but in the foot and only as a warning.... And then she threatens to shoot practically everybody.]]
25th Aug '17 5:57:13 PM alspawn
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%% * Parodied in the Sylvester Stallone action-comedy ''Film/StopOrMyMomWillShoot''.

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%% * Parodied in the Sylvester Stallone action-comedy ''Film/StopOrMyMomWillShoot''.
29th May '17 9:00:22 PM nombretomado
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* Averted in {{Sierra}}'s ''VideoGame/PoliceQuest'' game series. Produced by real-life police officers, the games require you to follow proper police procedure (don't worry, it's AllThereInTheManual). Failure to do so will give you an abrupt game over.

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* Averted in {{Sierra}}'s {{Creator/Sierra}}'s ''VideoGame/PoliceQuest'' game series. Produced by real-life police officers, the games require you to follow proper police procedure (don't worry, it's AllThereInTheManual). Failure to do so will give you an abrupt game over.
15th May '17 7:24:12 PM nombretomado
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** Generations of British servicemen and women who did at least one tour of duty in [[TheTroubles Northern Ireland]] will know the above as ''"the Yellow Card Warning"'', to allow you to demonstrate in court afterwards that you gave the perp every opportunity to lower their weapon and surrender before you opened fire.

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** Generations of British servicemen and women who did at least one tour of duty in [[TheTroubles [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles Northern Ireland]] will know the above as ''"the Yellow Card Warning"'', to allow you to demonstrate in court afterwards that you gave the perp every opportunity to lower their weapon and surrender before you opened fire.
23rd Feb '17 9:46:58 AM Odacon_Spy
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* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''Film/DemolitionMan'' when the police first approach [[BigBad Simon Phoenix]]. The first command is "Simon Phoenix, lay down, on the ground, with your hands behind your back." Simon responds with "[[DeadpanSnarker Oh, I'm so scared!]]" The cop follows with "Lie down, on the ground... Or ELSE!" There was no "or else" to fall back on. The police in the ultra-peaceful San Angeles not only didn't have guns to shoot with, they didn't have proper training or even ''procedures'' to deal with violent criminals. Nevermind complete psychopaths.

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* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''Film/DemolitionMan'' when the police first approach [[BigBad Simon Phoenix]]. The first command is "Simon Phoenix, lay down, on the ground, with your hands behind your back." Simon responds with "[[DeadpanSnarker Oh, I'm so scared!]]" The cop follows with "Lie down, on the ground... Or ELSE!" There was no "or else" to fall back on. The police in the ultra-peaceful San Angeles not only didn't have guns to shoot with, they didn't have proper training or even ''procedures'' to deal with violent criminals. Nevermind criminals, nevermind complete psychopaths.psychopaths like Phoenix.
10th Feb '17 10:33:12 AM Scraggle
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** Plus, she's not a cop- just a [[RichBitch mega-rich evil lady]] capable of probably bribing cops into not arresting her. [[spoiler: Except for in Book 10. :)]]

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** Plus, she's not a cop- just a [[RichBitch mega-rich evil lady]] capable of probably bribing cops into not arresting her. [[spoiler: Except for in Book 10. :)]]]]
25th Jan '17 4:56:41 AM Arivne
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', Uncle Ruckus is told by police officers to get out of his truck and show them I.D. even though he was doing nothing and in fact was the one that ''called them''. Even though Ruckus fully cooperated, and told the officers what he was doing, when he pulled out his wallet, a cop shouted "GUN!!!" and they [[MoreDakka opened fire]]. [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy They missed]]. Then he tried to pull out a ''spare'' '''safety orange''' wallet. Cue another "GUN!!!" and Ruckus being brutally beaten by Night sticks.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', Uncle Ruckus is told by police officers to get out of his truck and show them I.D. even though he was doing nothing and in fact was the one that ''called them''. Even though Ruckus fully cooperated, and told the officers what he was doing, when he pulled out his wallet, a cop shouted "GUN!!!" and they [[MoreDakka opened fire]]. [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy They missed]]. Then he tried to pull out a ''spare'' '''safety orange''' wallet. Cue another "GUN!!!" and Ruckus being brutally beaten by Night sticks.nightsticks.
25th Jan '17 4:54:39 AM Arivne
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* ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' has the [[SpacePolice Triple-I]] shouting [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/06/27/freeze/ "Freeze, Spacer!"]] as they surround Nin Wah. They also give a [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2010/01/31/bad-choice-of-words/ "Stop and drop your shields"]] variant when surrounding CK's ship...
[[PoliceAreUseless after they remember what their name stands for]].

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* ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' has the [[SpacePolice Triple-I]] shouting [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/06/27/freeze/ "Freeze, Spacer!"]] as they surround Nin Wah. They also give a [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2010/01/31/bad-choice-of-words/ "Stop and drop your shields"]] variant when surrounding CK's ship...
ship...[[PoliceAreUseless after they remember what their name stands for]].



* Subverted in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' season one, when David Jackson tries this on a [[AxCrazy crazed]] and paranoid Andrew Klock who is steadily advancing on his group. [[TooDumbToLive Andrew ignores his warnings]], even when David pulls out his gun and points it at his head, and eventually breaks into a full on charge. This causes David to panic and pull the trigger, shooting Andrew right between the eyes.

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* Subverted in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' season one, when David Jackson tries this on a [[AxCrazy crazed]] and paranoid Andrew Klock who is steadily advancing on his group. [[TooDumbToLive Andrew ignores his warnings]], even when David pulls out his gun and points it at his head, and eventually breaks into a full on charge. This causes David to panic and pull the trigger, shooting Andrew right between the eyes.
25th Jan '17 4:52:58 AM Arivne
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* Averted and called out in VideoGame/LANoire by Cole Phelps. If you're chasing down a suspect with your gun drawn, you can aim at the running suspect to fire a warning shot into the air, and Cole will tell the suspect to stop or he will shoot them. However, if you actually shoot them you fail the case and have to start from the last checkpoint.

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* Averted and called out in VideoGame/LANoire ''VideoGame/LANoire'' by Cole Phelps. If you're chasing down a suspect with your gun drawn, you can aim at the running suspect to fire a warning shot into the air, and Cole will tell the suspect to stop or he will shoot them. However, if you actually shoot them you fail the case and have to start from the last checkpoint.
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