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It’s a story becoming increasingly international as NBC has picked it up, while Canadian Star Trek legend William Shatner sent “my contempt” to the police force and chief on Twitter: “Rifles drawn for a plastic toy Cosplayer? Didn’t comply right away?” Shatner chided, crossing franchise lines in support. “Are you blind Chief? Watch the video to see how quickly she complied.
“This cannot be covered up.”
Shatner has famously dressed as a stormtrooper, including to move through sci-fi conventions incognito.
In the spirit of the de-escalation one would hope any respectable police officer is trained in, I’m going to note how being a cop is clearly a tough gig — imagine a job where almost every person lies to you to cover their ass? And the LPS was quite correct to respond to those two, let’s admit somewhat bewildered complaints of a person standing in a parking lot holding a weapon.
But besides there being zero violence or mayhem of any sort, the second the armoured troopers arrived on the scene of a universally recognizable Star Wars character standing in front of a bar called Coco Vanilla Galactic Cantina should have been a moment your average five-year-old could tease out, threat-wise. And when she dropped her plastic gun and raised her hands, well, to quote Aliens, game over, man.