“President Trump’s message to officers condoning unnecessary use of force is both dangerous and misinformed.”
If there is one thing that gets the goat of smart police officers, it’s someone trying to be helpful by telling them to “get tough!” It’s such a simple but not well thought out statement. In fact, it’s one that is terribly misinformed.
I still remember one of my instructors during my first days as a police recruit saying that if we start “getting tough” —punishing persons in our custody, forcing confessions and taking what’s not ours — we become part of the problem; we become no better than the bad guys we seek to catch. He gave another cautionary note that I never forgot during my…
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