When Will America’s Police Officers Be Proactive Enough to Stop Police Brutality?
A recent study conducted by the National Police Athletic Association (NPA) found that about two-thirds of police departments surveyed had stopped using force on civilians.
This is a major shift from years past, when the overwhelming majority of police agencies were either indifferent or even actively refusing to stop using force.
Since then, police have been encouraged to “learn from the mistakes of the past.”
However, many departments are still using the old-school “shoot first and ask questions later” approach.
The NPA report states, “The use of force is not a matter of ‘if,’ but of when.”
According to a new report, which was released by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), the number of civilian deaths involving police in 2016 exceeded 9,000.
The report notes that these incidents were the result of police officers who did not follow procedures to prevent harm, “who failed to use de-escalation techniques or follow department protocols to deal with violent incidents, or who failed to adequately address issues of mental illness or substance abuse.”
The report also states that officers who do not use force are often “tortured by feelings of inferiority and fear of retaliation.”
In response to this issue, the Police Department of Chicago launched a new initiative, “Risk Reduction and Justice,” which will incorporate the “Reverse Racism Initiative,” which was launched by the DOJ in 2015.
The initiative seeks to eliminate racial bias in the police department.
In addition to the police force, the NPA reported that the city has increased the number and level of training for officers on the use of body cameras.
However, the study also pointed out that the use and training of body camera technology is still far from sufficient.
According to the study, only 5% of departments had cameras in place, and only 3% of those had cameras trained on officers who had been charged with a crime.
According the NPI report, officers who use force in the course of a crime are “unfairly judged by the public, their superiors, and their community.”
According the report, “In some cases, they are subject to public shaming and retaliation by the community.
These are the consequences that the officers are faced with when using force.”
The NPI stated, “We have found that officers are judged and treated differently because of their race or ethnicity.
The disproportionate effect of the current policies on minority communities has been largely overlooked.”
According in part to the report’s summary, “Black Americans are six times more likely than white Americans to be shot and killed by a police officer, and they are more likely to be unarmed.
And, while Black people make up just under one percent of the American population, they account for nearly half of the victims of police brutality and the majority of the incarcerated.”
The police officer who killed Akai Gurley is currently on paid administrative leave.
Gurley was killed in 2015 after he pulled over and asked the driver of the car for identification.
According a police report, the driver refused to give Gurley his license and registration.
The officer then pulled the car over, and Gurley began to walk away.
The car then began to turn around and Gurleys right hand was in the car’s driver’s seat.
According it, Gurley told the officer he had a permit to drive, but the officer told him to “walk right through me.”
Gurley then fired a shot that killed him.
He was 18 years old.
A month after the shooting, a jury found Officer Michael Slager not guilty on all charges in Gurley’s death.
The video of the incident that sparked this investigation is available on YouTube.
Gurly was shot while the driver and the passenger in the vehicle remained on the sidewalk and a police cruiser was parked at the intersection.
The dash cam footage shows that Gurley, who had his hands up in the air, was shot in the chest.
Gurleys autopsy was conducted by Dr. Charles T. Williams, an officer-training specialist at the University of Missouri.
According his report, Gurleys death was a result of “the officers’ decision to use deadly force in self-defense.”
According TOF’s summary of the report on police brutality, the video shows that officers did not “have to act as if they were trying to control the situation, and the officers did the least they could to avoid a deadly confrontation.”
According ToF, “Officers were trained to treat a person who is fleeing as threatening.
Officers were taught to respond to a threat with force if the threat was perceived as an imminent threat.
The training and practice required officers to respond as if the person was threatening.”
The findings of the study are not surprising.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a report in December 2016 that found that over 50 percent of police-involved shootings result in civilian deaths.
According ToEFI’s summary to the findings, “While the police officer involved in the Gurley shooting has not been criminally charged with any