Okay, so here's the real story in a nutshell.
Mr. Grier did not use an AK-47, nor was his weapon an "assault rifle". Grier employed a semi-automatic AK clone, and the reason the
Unless of course you wear a badge. Then you can shoot until slidelock if someone reaches for a cell phone because those things may cause cancer and we all know how cops first and foremost duty is to "get home safe at night".
In most free states, the police have less right of self-defense as do the citizens. The individual department tells them what weapons to use, what cartridges may be loaded in said weapons, and for the officer to first use less than lethal force, such as a Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle, or TASER for short, to halt felonious goings on.
But NYC doesn't have a Castle-Defense or anything close to it, largely due to the abject fear its officers of the law have towards the citizens they are sworn (Ha-Ha.., "sworn!"...yeah, right) to
Yep, the "servants" have more rights than their employers. And even though the Supreme Court itself recently upheld the 2nd Amendment as an individual right, dirty places like NYC enforce laws that say, well, okay, you can own a firearm but you better not use it.
The fight continues. Hard to win when the cops grapple tooth and nail to prevent mere peons from defending themselves, but in the end even the cowardly police will be put in their place too.