I always appreciate your thoughts on these discussions as some one who has walked the walk and served there community in such a reasoned, experience, committed fashion.
Thank you for your service.
Being in law enforcement and tasked with enforcing the law and protecting the community is a heavy responsibility often with immense sacrifice attached.
law enforcement does not always have the luxury of time to determine the facts/reality of all situations they encounter as a whole. This is why training, experience, and policy play such a large part in the job, it is often necessary to react rather then reason.
I understand how policing in this great country has come to what it is today.
There is in fact a disconnect between LEO and the rest of the citizenry due to many factors.
As a whole the citizens are 95% behind LEO, the question is how do we get that number to 99%?
I think the Justice Department is doing a great thing here in trying to educate LEO that there are other ways then force to eliminate a threat to public safety. Not that LEO is not aware of this fact already, but it seems to me that understandably that training and policy have veered to the path of overwhelm and eliminate the threat by force as a first choice, rather then reason and diffuse.
As always I acknowledge that my views are probably all wrong, as I have little personal experience to speak to these matters.
Sorry for the rambling folks.