Cops kill Starbucks smoker It wasn't too much caffeine, apparently, but his refusal to obey the new smoking policy at the cafe. I used to be a smoker, and I was always conscious of non-smokers around me and tried to be unobtrusive. I can't imagine getting to the state that I would take on a cop with a Taser just to have a smoke, but the aggressor had a history of violent clashes with the cops. It sounds like the police did everything to subdue him appropriately, yet still things got out of control. Do we need to quarantine smokers, or can we coexist peacefully?