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Sunday, April 12, 2020

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If police were trained in how chokes and strangulations really work this would be much less frequent of an occurance.
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While an investigation is underway over the use of the chokehold in Floyd's death, it's worth taking a look at the "warrior-style" police training that for years had been popular with the city's top police union. For the unfamiliar, the training, as we reported in 2017, generally espouses a "killology" vision of law enforcement that's frequently likened to "fear porn." Experts say the training, which has been linked to high profile police-related killings around the country, including Philando Castille's 2016 shooting death, also in Minnesota, often runs the risk of the use of unnecessary, and sometimes, fatal force:

This approach to policing is outdated and ineffective, says Stoughton, and, "some of it is dangerously wrong." Samuel Walker, a criminal-justice professor and expert on police accountability, says the "Bulletproof Warrior" approach is "okay for Green Berets but unacceptable for domestic policing. The best police chiefs in the country don't want anything to do with this."

Citing the "killology" mentality, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey ultimately banned the training last year but the move infuriated Minneapolis Police Union President Lt. Bob Kroll. Shortly after the decision was announced, Kroll called the ban illegal and said that the union would continue to make the training available to any interested officers. "It's not about killing, it's about surviving," Kroll said at the time.

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The takeaway for me: prolonged indoor social contact is the risk. The time factor being critical as well - being seated around people for an hour and half for dinner is much riskier than going into a large grocery store with a 'get-in-get-out' mission.

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