What happens when you get a bunch of police "executives" in a room together? Well, we've heard it's not dissimilar to a black hole, where even intelligent thought cannot escape the gravitational pull of stupidity:
- Police across the United States are rethinking how they use force amid national outrage over questionable shootings and violent arrests.
The changes include efforts in Dallas to train officers to de-escalate situations by moving backward during target practice and arming some with sponge projectiles rather than guns. In Camden, New Jersey, officers are taught about the sanctity of life and encouraged to take time to defuse a situation, even if a suspect is wildly waving a knife at them.
After months of work, nearly 200 law enforcement leaders gathered in Washington on Friday to review and discuss new guiding principles that, if enacted by the roughly 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States, would significantly remake how policing has been done for decades. The 30 principles include an unprecedented acknowledgment from leading law enforcement professionals that officers should go beyond the Supreme Court-adopted basic legal standard that asks what a "reasonable officer" would do in such a situation, and that officers should focus on preserving all human lives in any encounter.
Um, we do that already. And the overriding "preserving" is our own lives, first and foremost.
- The group's principles, which will be released officially in an upcoming report, also require officers to respond proportionally to a suspect, imagining the public's perception of that response, and to communicate effectively instead of, for example, repeatedly telling a suspect to drop the weapon. The principles also recommend departments stop training on what it called "outdated concepts," such as the "21-foot-rule," which refers to the distance an armed suspect with a knife can close before an officer can draw their weapon. Instead, officers are encouraged to create more distance and use cover, so that they give themselves more time to respond.
- A CHP officer was left with life-threatening injuries after being stabbed by a homeless man in San Francisco Tuesday, authorities said.
The attack occurred around 10 a.m. on an on-ramp to eastbound Interstate 80 and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, California Highway Patrol and San Francisco police officials said.
A seven-year veteran CHP officer was being treated at San Francisco General Hospital, and the man suspected of attacking him was in police custody.
These people are morons.
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