All of these headlines herald the term "unarmed" simply to grab attention and stir up an emotion that equates "unarmed" with "harmless and innocent". In fact, no one is unarmed since everyone has fists that could potentially kill, steal your gun or hide a small lethal weapon. Someone doesn't have to be brandishing a pistol to be considered armed or dangerous. I know it's not as sexy but the headline really should almost always read 'Man shot because cop felt life was in danger'. Are some cops bad? Absolutely. Are cops wise to make assumptions based on historical evidence? Absolutely. If you're going to be uncooperative, threatening or aggressive, prepare to be treated as a threat to their life.