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Old 07 January 2018, 07:37 PM
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As I understand it, some countries teach their police officers that lethal force is a last resort, not a first resort. They promote things like deescalation techniques before resorting to violence.
Those countries do include the United States. Police here are not taught to shoot first, then ask questions even though it may seem like that to you.
Saying that deescalation techniques are not promoted or that police officers are not taught that lethal force is a last resort is not quite the same as saying they're taught to shoot first and ask questions later. A nervous, untrained person in that situation might naturally be inclined to shoot first, which is why training is so important. I'm sure there's some training to this effect, but perhaps there needs to be more since it doesn't seem to be sticking.
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