(10-13-2017, updated 07-11-2018) Respect For Authority: The Dutch Learned From WWII. The German occupation (1940-1945) was a watershed moment for us. Before discussing authoritarianism in America, I'll talk about authoritarianism and the police in the Netherlands, so you understand where I'm coning from. And I'll describe 1980s Dutch police training, which focused more on de-escalation training than on using force.
(10-28-2015, updated 07-14-2018) If you're black in a public high school in South Carolina, using your phone in class can be extremely dangerous. When a sixteen-year-old girl at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina was caught with her phone, the teacher told her to hand it over. She refused. The teacher then ordered her to go to the principal's office. She refused.The teacher called the assistant principal, who then told her to leave the classroom. She refused. So the assistant principal sicced the cop--excuse me, I mean School Resources Officer Ben Fields--on her.
(12-10-2014, updated 07-14-2018) Considering how much emphasis is placed on firearm training, why not train the police to aim for the shoulder or leg? In my opinion, the police policy of allowing officers to use lethal force any time they feel threatened needs to be revisited. The notion that any time someone reaches in their pocket, officers can empty their clips into that person is just ridiculous.
(12-07-2014, updated 07-14-2018) For police accountability and guaranteed quality training that's independent from existing police department cultures, police training must take place on a state level. It seems that in America many police forces do their own training. So the police teach recruits what they think the police should know and how they should act. Where's society's input?
(12-06-2014, updated 07-15-2018) Police in the Netherlands shift from rigidly applying the law to using their discretionary powers in order to adapt to a changing society. The American public calls for changes in police training after the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the choke hold death of Eric Garner in New York City. This is the first post in a series of suggestions. You're welcome, America.
(08-22-2014, updated 07-15-2018) An untrained police force does not serve the public, it's a danger to the public. Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Demonstrations against police violence have been going on since, which the police met with tanks and army gear. They aimed military-grade weapons at the town's citizens.