Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Neither the Castile shooting nor the Miami shooting seem like racial incidents. They seem like Keystone Kops incidents: running in circles, nobody in charge, contradictory commands, misinterpreted actions, improper over-reaction.
When a mass of cops arrive at the scene, who’s in charge? Who gives the orders? Who decides when to shoot? Doesn’t seem to be a consistent policy and as a result, people are getting shot.
I can forgive an honest error in judgment. I can’t overlook incompetence.
A few years (OK – a few decades) back, I read about the training involved in a hostage rescue team, including the danger involved with lots of men running around in a cramped space, high on adrenaline and guns. The training to develop the teamwork necessary to make the team more dangerous to “the enemy” than to themselves alone was a long, drawn-out process.
Do local SWAT teams, much less patrol cops, get this?
I don’t think so, but I’m genuinely curious.