|Someone, please release the 99 Red Balloons...|
She cut right to the heart of the matter of what keeps black people (incorrectly) up at night: the great fear of "po-po" killing their 'oh-so-innocent' black children. [WOW! GloZell Tells Obama She’s Worried “Po-Po” Is Going to Shoot Husband (Video), The Gateway Pundit, 1-23-15]:
Green-lipsticked GloZell interviewed Barack Obama on Thursday in the latest White House sideshow.
During the interview GloZell told Obama she’s worried about the “po-po” killing her husband and so she cut all the hoods off his hoodies.
Obama says, “I understand.”
GloZell: My husband is mad at me right now cuz I cut all the hoods off his hoodies.
Obama: Ha, ha, ha… I understand.
GloZell: I did that. I did that for real because I’m afraid when he goes outside that somebody might shoot and kill him. And it’s not like regular folks. It’s the po-po. I hope that this changes. How can we bridge the gap between black African-American males and white cop?
Obama: Well first of all, we always have to just remind ourselves that the overwhelming majority of police officers are doing a job well and are doing it professionally. What we also know is there are still biases in our society. And in split second situations where people have to make a quick decisions, studies have shown that African-American males are seen as more threatening which puts them in vulnerable situations.
But it's even easier to realize no "gap" exists when police are no prepared to use a 'tactical retreat' as standard operating procedure when dealing with black people. [Ferguson aftermath causing police to consider retreat instead of force in certain situations, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1-24-15]:
Like many officers involved in deadly force encounters, Darren Wilson said his training took over when he shot Michael Brown in Ferguson.
But what if Wilson had been trained differently?
The national upheaval from Brown’s death, and some others since, has put enormous pressure on law enforcement to find ways to control people’s behavior while using less violence. One possibility — simple but repugnant to some officers — is to teach police to back away from certain difficult situations until help can arrive.
The concept is known as “tactical retreat” or sometimes “tactical withdrawal” or “tactical restraint.”
“We add the word, ‘tactical’ and not just ‘retreating’ or ‘giving up’ because that’s what makes it palatable for police officers,” explained Seth Stoughton, a criminal law professor at the University of South Carolina. The former Florida officer is a nationally prominent advocate for applying the softer approach.
“It’s basically the choice to work smarter rather than harder.”
Wilson has said he was in his police SUV on Aug. 9 when Brown, standing outside, struggled with him through the vehicle window and Wilson’s gun fired twice. Brown was struck at least once in the hand, and ran. Wilson gave chase, and Brown turned back. Wilson then shot him multiple times, explaining later that he feared for his life.
Had Wilson been coached in tactical retreat, Stoughton said, he instead might have stepped on the gas to drive away from the encounter, and kept Brown in sight while waiting for backup.
Wilson “could have been trained to do something different to allow him to apprehend Michael Brown without putting himself in a situation that made him feel deadly force was the only safe response,” Stoughton explained. “Train police officers to avoid putting themselves in danger, and you will see them use less force to get themselves out of danger.
“That’s good for everybody.”
Chiefs of the St. Louis and St. Louis County police have said in recent interviews they are reviewing training with the principles of tactical retreat in mind.
But it’s a delicate dance, warned Sam Dotson, the city chief.
“Society has to realize that we pay police officers to keep us safe. And if every criminal knows, ‘If I confront an officer, they will take four steps back, that’s my escape route,’ then that becomes the new norm.”
Tactical retreat can be a hard sell to police traditionally trained to subdue an adversary — and to keep pouring on force until that is accomplished. Most departments have policies that provide discipline for cowardice.
It's "shameful" to consider so few people dare look at the ruins of Camden, Cleveland, Detroit, Newark, North St. Louis, Birmingham, Memphis, Clayton County (Georgia), Gary (Indiana), Milwaukee, Baltimore, New Orleans,Wilmington (Delaware) and Rochester, noticing the exact same people are responsible for unleashing a destructive fury usually reserved for the nuclear missiles that flew because of 99 red balloons...Gabe Crocker, president of the St. Louis County Police Association, called the tactical retreat concept “cowardice retreat,” and complained that it is “shameful” to consider.