Saw an item on the television news that reported the law enforcement community is having problems recruiting cadets for the police academy. Thinking about the problem it isn’t that surprising. In recent years the men and women in blue have come under intense scrutiny and criticism, much of it unjustified.
Police officers are constantly called on to make split-second judgment calls regarding the level of danger to themselves and any bystanders.
When interacting with a potential suspect they know the encounter can turn violent, even deadly, based on the actions of the suspect. Is the person the officer pulls over at the traffic stop for erratic driving distracted or intoxicated? Is their behavior alcohol- or drug-fueled?
When a driver reaches into their glove compartment for the car’s registration and proof of insurance, will they surrender paper documents or come back with a firearm blasting away.
The videos released in many of these cases often show the accused exhibiting disrespect to the officers. Getting stopped by the police is an upsetting occurrence. However displaying an angry attitude is never in one’s best interest. A sudden movement such as reaching into a pocket or the waistband of the trousers is a really great way to get shot. Keep your hands in plain sight and immediately comply with any requests the officer makes.
How many times have we seen grieving mothers on the television after a fatal shootout with police? “He was a good boy, he just made some mistakes,” she says. Gee ya’ think?
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