Shoot or Don’t Shoot?

We’ve seen protests all across the country after police officers have been accused of shooting people who aren’t armed. Jarrett Maupin, a vocal critic of police during recent protests, went through force training with local authorities. FOX 10’s Troy Hayden also went through the training and discusses the results.

Kudos to the guy who had this idea and to the police and their PR team for following through on it. They opened the dialogue with this type of  training exercise to better engage and educate the public. Now let’s hope that mouthpiece Maupin spreads the word. Cops have to make tough decisions every day.

~Kathy

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9 Responses to Shoot or Don’t Shoot?

  1. Buck says:

    Too many movie and tv shows depicting the cop as a superhero has warped the public’s perception of the abilities of their local police force.
    A case in point: Several years ago a cop on patrol came on a burglary in progress. He confronted the burglar, who was armed, and ordered him to drop his weapon. The burglar raised the weapon and the cop shot him dead. Since this happened in a pretty liberal area a hue and cry went out about police brutality. While discussing the event with the very liberal wife of a friend I pointed out the burglar was armed and refused to drop his weapon. To which she replied,
    “Well, couldn’t the cop just shot the gun out of his hand?”
    That is a no schidtter!

    • Kathy says:

      …and they let people like her vote.

      I agree, Buck, there’s too much on tv and in the movies that gives people the wrong idea about the reality of guns. Watching shows where the good guys are clearing a house or other building and they’re walking around with the gun in both hand, and arms fully extended makes me cringe.

  2. Uriel says:

    Good post Kathy. You know it might be a worthy idea for more influencial community leaders to also go through this in every community and city. Corporate leaders have similar protection training.

    • Kathy says:

      I’m with you there, it’d be a good idea for lots of people, especially the instigators like this guy, to put them through this. I suggest Al not-so Sharpton go first.

  3. Clyde says:

    Good post. Easy to be a “community organizer”, not so much when you are wearing the badge, especially in the climate “community organizers”, including the asshole that got elected twice, have created for police.

  4. Hardnox says:

    Sheriff Joe was smart to invite the agitator to go through this training exercise. Experience trumps fantasy everytime.

    This video should be plastered everywhere.

  5. CW says:

    That was excellent, Kathy.

    Now let’s put Sharpton, Obama and Holder through that training and show it on 60 Minutes. (And if they accidentally use real ammo in the exercise, it would really drive the point home).

  6. vonMesser says:

    This kind of parallels the article I posted here on April 16, suggesting a possible solution to the police “problem” is short training and ride-alongs with the cops by the community organizers.