Police Trainer:"I'm looking at standard police procedure"
Sometimes "what is standard procedure" is the scandal:
Charles J. Kelly, a former Baltimore Police Department lieutenant who wrote the department's use of force guidelines, said pepper spray is a "compliance tool" that can be used on subjects who do not resist, and is preferable to simply lifting protesters. "When you start picking up human bodies, you risk hurting them," Kelly said. "Bodies don't have handles on them."
After reviewing the video, Kelly said [. . .] "What I'm looking at is fairly standard police procedure[.]"
(Emphasis supplied.)Worth noting this from former Baltimore cop and John Jay College of Criminal Justice sociologist Peter Moskos:
In the police academy, I was taught to pepper-spray people for non-compliance. Ie: ďPut your hands behind your back or IíllÖ mace you.Ē Itís crazy. Of course we didnít do it this way, the way were taught. Baltimore police officers are too smart to start urban race riots based on some dumb-ass training. So what did we do to gain compliance? We grabbed people. Hands on. Like real police. And we were good at it.
Some people, perhaps those who design training programs, think policing should be a hands-off job. It canít be and shouldnít be. And trying to make policing too hands-off means people get Tased and maced for non-compliance. Itís not right. But this is the way many police are trained. Thatís a shame.
Mr. Moskos, meet Mr.Kelly.
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