Recent events make clear the importance of rethinking the basic core of police practices. In situation after situation,the scene is always the same. A group of cops are surrounding the “perp,” they confront a man in his late twenties or in middle age, they are shouting at the man, he appears to look somewhat bewildered,and then, one of the cops shoots the man. In other words, police have been trained to shoot first, and never attempt to talk down the suspect without concluding in death. So, what must be changed in police training:
1. The goal is always to ensure that death is the LAST option.
2. Talk can continue, talk enables the suspect an opportunity to save his life.
3. Police have to learn there are OPTIONS other than death.
4. In every tense situation, one does not have to assume the suspect will blast away with a gun.
5. The person being confronted is a SUSPECT, not a person out to kill anyone.
6. The goal at ALL times is to prevent death to anyone.
7. One cannot assume the suspect has a gun.
8. There is always the option of hitting the suspect in a leg.
9. Police must always be CALM.
10. Be proud and feel successful if the suspect is captured alive.