Police Department’s around the country are being forced to deal with an age old issue…..
People stepping to cops….
In most places around the planet when you get in the face of a cop?
You have a problem…
If there is a color problem?
It gets worst in the media….
After the protests the first place in Ferguson, Missouri….
Police Departments have begun to require it’s members to examine the ‘give no ground’ policy of dealing with people…
Departments around the country have in recent years stepped up their training in ‘‘de-escalation’’ — the art of defusing a tense situation with a word or a gesture instead of being confrontational or reaching for a weapon.
Proponents, including the Justice Department, say the approach can improve trust and understanding between police and residents, curtail the unnecessary use of force and improve the safety of officers and civilians alike.
‘‘We haven’t taught officers to just walk away,’’ said Cambridge, Massachusetts, Police Commissioner Robert Haas. ‘‘But if the only reason a person is acting up is because you’re standing there … isn’t that a viable approach?’’
Haas and other law enforcement officials said they didn’t want to second-guess Wilson’s actions because they weren’t in his shoes at the time of the Aug. 9 shooting.
But, many said, the case should accelerate a national discussion about police culture and the potential for broader training in de-escalation, which is considered especially important in dealing with people in mental health or drug-related crises.
In Missouri this month, a federal law enforcement team held training with St. Louis-area police, including top commanders from Ferguson, on how unintentional bias affects police work. That approach goes hand-in-hand with de-escalation.
‘‘In every police encounter, the officer and the civilian bring with them and see the world through their experiences. The more these views diverge, the more they immediately see the other as a threat,’’ said Jenny Durkan, the former U.S. attorney in Seattle who led the effort to curb excessive uses of force by city police….Share on Facebook