At Philly dot com, Elmer Smith points out that perspective is important. (Put another way, persons see what they expect or want to see.) A bit (emphasis added):
It’s a bull’s-eye view of the kind that too often ends with an unarmed black youth killed or maimed by a white policeman whose lethal reaction is fueled by fear.
Any situation seems ominous when seen through the narrow perspective of a gunsight. Every move is menacing, every gesture threatening.