Joe, I challenge you to look at some of the many Youtube videos from police bodycams and ask yourself if a social worker would have done a better job getting the knife or gun away from a suspect. I too believe we should spend more money on social programs but lets get the money from some other place other than the cops. You have the pollyanna idea that all it takes is some kind words and some sympathy and the bad guy with the gun will drop their weapon and apologize for their actions. If the local authorities were to follow your ideas, I think we'd be trading dead men with weapons for dead social workers.
#28 | POSTED BY ROCKY_B
Rocky, i'm going to attempt to explain something to you that i am very familiar with.
Yes, police need to gain control of a situation. That is one of their primary purposes. However, very often, they are dealing with someone who is mentally incapable, in the moment, to responding to commands. Standard police procedures is to exert control through force-words, restraint, taser, gun. But, when a person is having a psychological episode, they are incapable of responding to these types of control measures. A person having a psychological episode is incapable of rational thought. So you have a situation where commands are given and ignored the result is escalation-police escalate their effort at control and the individual's psychological condition is exacerbated. This is a spiral that leads to injuries and death-to the individual, the police officer and to bystanders.
This is an inevitable result of the the current, common policing practice.
What IS productive? A measured, patient response. Provide the individual space and time to calm down, avoiding actions that will result in the individual becoming more agitated. These de-escalation tactics are proven successful. And are safer for everyone.
I saw video of a schizophrenic man brandishing a knife who was gunned down by police. The man was not lunging at anyone, just standing their, screaming waving the knife around. That man was completely incapable of responding to shouts or threats of restraint. What he would have responded to was patience. Allow him to work through the crisis, give him space and time to calm down and the situation would have easily resolved itself.
Or take the case of Tamir Rice. The police receive a call of a kid with a gun in a park. The cops rush at full speed at him, slam on the brakes jump out of the car and shoot the child who had a toy gun. A far BETTER response, would have to stood back and calmly assess the situation.