One question we had at Youth Radio was how the training of law enforcement officers factors into the tragic incidents we've seen over the past year. To help us gain insight, we turned to Sergeant Keith Gums, a retired 23-year veteran of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. Gums has trained fellow officers in the tactics of modern policing.
There are many fine officers who are careful and restrained in their use of force, but as long as the system protects those who cross the line, even in a case where the killing was filmed and the death was ruled by the coroner to be a homicide, public anger and distrust toward law enforcement will only grow.
The Police Executive Research Forum, a Washington-based think tank and consultant, prepared the report last year following a spate of deadly shootings by Customs and Border Protection agents and officers. Overall, Customs and Border Protection agents and officers have killed nearly 30 people since 2010.
Coffman said: "Certainly an advisory role, but certainly not anything beyond that. And that's if requested. I think we have to be very careful once out about reentering that particular conflict. I would say, in terms of regular troops on the ground, absolutely not." There are three points why, despite his moderate wording, Coffman is calling for yet another war.
A small-town Ohio police department was shut down Friday after a cop allegedly used a taser on a 9-year-old boy, and the police chief kept quiet abou...