HERE’S THE PROBLEM: Many Americans believe that police use of deadly force is too frequent, unfair, and unreasonable. This belief, whether true or not, causes an erosion of public trust and support which ends up creating situations in which police are not only ineffective, but physically unsafe.
So who is going to be the first police leader in the U.S. to stand up and say they are going to reduce their department’s use of deadly force — implementing policies and training that will save lives; especially the lives of those who are distressed and often with an edged weapon, and those who find themselves in a standoff with police?
Our nation’s police cannot continue to take the lives of mentally ill and distressed persons in these situations. They MUST find a better way to resolve them.
This is important. The way this question is answered will determine the future of police-community relations in our country and the effectiveness of tomorrow’s police leaders.
- “Stand for what is right, even if it means standing alone!”