As I have drilled into my students for the past several years, the only real crimes that are increasing are the number of officers being killed and the number of citizens being killed by officers. Why does this happen and how do we train our officers to use the minimal amount of force to effect an arrest?. Certainly our Courts in Tennessee v. Garner and Graham v. Conner have laid out the parameters for the use of force. They are not difficult cases and yet we have today, the Baltimore Six who now face charges ranging from Second degree murder, assault, down to misconduct for the death a a person within their custody.
You cannot legislate conduct. Once the emotions get to a boil it becomes us against them. One of the problems for the police is that they are now being regulated and prosecuted to a much stricter degree. We can teach Police Cadets one way and yet when they get to the street they are often told..."This is how we really do things". A portion of the public no longer trusts the police. But I ask, what portion is that exactly?
On the one hand we can train and train and train our officers but who is training the public? Aren't there parents who care anymore about what their children are doing and where they are? Why do we continue to raise racism as an excuse to committ crimes? We will never succeed in calming the deaths of officers and citizens if we continue teaching the public and our officers that neither can be trusted.
It's a tough world out there and I'm afraid it's only going to get worse. The prosecutrix in the Baltimore Six is looking for justice around the U.S.. I suggest, she just look for Justice one case at a time