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Amid Rising Police Violence, New York City Police to Train Entire Force in De-Escalation

By Kathleen McCarthy posted 08-24-2021 16:52


“Training applies only in situations where subject doesn’t have a gun, but that is the case in 40 percent of all police shootings. An increasing number of American police chiefs have an anecdote about de-escalation tactics. … A man with a knife was recently menacing another man in Harvard Square. The responding officers didn’t immediately draw their guns or yell, ‘Drop the knife!’ Instead they spoke calmly, … asking the man questions while carefully moving and keeping their distance from him … . Within 30 minutes, the man handed over the knife and was taken to psychiatric treatment instead of jail. No force was used; no one was hurt.” (By Tom Jackman, June 23, 2021)