Monday, July 29, 2013

Death on the 505

There's a YouTube video out there showing the police shooting of Sam Yatin in Toronto.

Something is wrong with police culture for such a scene to be possible.

Whatever happened to trying to talk somebody down, to de-escalate a situation, to defuse?

Too many cops today exhibit a SWAT mentality in virtually any encounter with the public. That's not what policing should be about.

Policing has been sliding towards progressively greater overkill for at least twenty years, and it's time to turn this around. The ability to empathize with those in the community who might be stressed or might be screwing up should be at least as important as being big and tough.

There was no reason for this kid to die.

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