The Largest Street Gang in America, Part Seven: Inside the School Teaching Cops When It’s OK to Kill

Ok, again, not all cops are a malignant force; most of them, are in law enforcement to do good in the community, but an ever-growing number of them are easily influenced  and are being indoctrinated that most people need to be punished. 

In the first post of this series, I’d put the blame on this situation on political public policy. In which the officers have been indoctrinated to believe that normal average citizens were the enemy. I’d said that there were literally thousands of human lives Screenshot_2015-04-20-12-44-29 that have been ended at the hands of law enforcement, but didn’t have the data to prove it, then, I’d found it – over 5,600 people throughout the U.S. have been killed at the hands of law enforcement since the year 2000.

Fear mongering, neocon psychology, and neoliberal public policy is the root of this, and the story below from Bloomberg, proves my thesis. This article is mainly about one specific police training facility in Illinois, but this indoctrination is happening throughout the country.

The first paragraph is part of what I mean by neoliberal

Inside the School Teaching Cops When It’s OK to Kill

[…]

Glennon runs Calibre Press, one of the country’s largest private police training companies, and this is the start of a two-day seminar, Street Survival, which has been taught to hundreds of thousands of officers over four decades. Since buying Calibre Press in 2012, Glennon has expanded its offerings from 35 classes a year to 190, with titles such as Surviving Hidden Weapons, Arresting Communication, and The Bulletproof Warrior, putting Glennon or one of his eight instructors in front of 20,000 officers annually. Every week officers around the country get continuing education from similar classes taught by retired police or active ones. These classes are the conduits through which the profession’s generational knowledge, tactics, and hard-won lessons spread.

Now for the neocon mentality

Like many companies in the business, Calibre promotes a “warrior” mentality for police, likening cops to soldiers and focusing on conflict, vigilance, and martial skills. The purpose of Street Survival, according to the course description, is to “keep officers alive and give them the tools to enjoy a successful career in law enforcement.” In other words, how not to get killed or fired. Heart attacks, suicides, car accidents, and errors of judgment are all discussed, but most pervasive is the sense that an officer unaware of his surroundings is doomed to assault from an unseen threat—that any routine traffic stop can end in a shootout and that the only rational response is to be in a state of lethal alert at all times.

[…]

Before proceeding, Glennon points to a threat in the back of the room: me. “In 35 years, we have not allowed the press to come into a class,” he says. “The reason is because we don’t trust them.” He says he’s letting me observe because many police chiefs are frustrated no one is advocating for them. They’re tired of being portrayed in the media as racists and unaccountable killers and want a more sympathetic depiction. If my article screws them, he tells the class with a smile, “I’ll fly out to Seattle”—where I live—“and kill him.”

And these next two paragraphs are a mixture of both the neoliberal and neocon mentality that is at the root of this crisis

[…]

There’s no universal model for police training, with almost 650 police academies around the U.S. and more than 12,000 local departments, according to the Department of Justice. In addition, many agencies provide continuing education offered by their own officers or private companies. Costs, such as the roughly $170 per person for Glennon’s course in Urbana, are frequently paid by local departments or state agencies. One constant is the emphasis on danger. Officers are often told death is a single misstep away, Stoughton says.

Glennon’s company is one of several that reinforce the warrior mindset. Others include Winning Mind Training, founded by a former policeman from Calgary, and Killology Research Group, run by a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel. The industry’s courses, books, videos, and websites extend the war footing into places far beyond the nation’s traditional murder capitals.

[…]

Go read the whole article

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-01/the-policeman-s-id

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