We Want His Badge
The chants were “We want his badge! We want his gun! We want his job!” These were the words of Rev. Jarrett Maupin, a protégé of Rev. Al Sharpton and a civil rights activist and protestor at a recent march against a police shooting in the Phoenix area.
Fox 10 in Phoenix decided on a little experiment, have an outspoken protestor take a “use of force simulation”. Check it out below.
and his after interview
After the simulation, in which he also shot an unarmed man, he said that the intensity of the situation was eye opening. He also stated that people need to comply and that you don’t lose dignity by complying. He still supports and calls for independent reviews of police shootings, but I believe his experience has also opened his eyes to some of the situations that police face.
In fact after this experiment he called for a lemonade summit with some community leaders and met with an Officer Ferrin who he previously wanted fired for his handling of an arrest of an ASU Assistant English Professor Ore (Professor Ore has a pending 2 Million dollar suit against the officer and ASU for excessive force, false arrest and violation of her federal rights to due process. After their lemonade summit they reversed their situation and now want the officer reinstated.)
Maybe this is what we need more of; looking at both sides. Have more police stations conduct similar use of force simulations to community activists so they can see what officers may encounter. Have more lemonade summits in which parties get together to know each other, discuss concerns, and learn why police do some things like handcuffing a suspect after they are shot.
I’m not saying every police shooting is justified, and I know just like everyone does, there are some cops who are dirty or too quick on the trigger, but if they also are faced with life and death situations, quite a few decisions require split second decisions and delay could result in their own death.