You really can’t.
I have been training military and LEO for most of my adult life so I want to be perfectly clear upfront, none of the below is a criticism of LEOs.
I understand the job and its political games, so I have nothing but empathy for them.
Instead, it’s a criticism of the political system and people that as Professor of Yale Law School Stephen Carter stated “…that takes such bizarre delight in creating new crimes for the cops to enforce. “
Yesterday the D.C. Auditor came back saying that the Police ‘acted recklessly’ in the shooting death of Deon Kay.
Not knowing the background of the case, and just reading the article, it sounds like Mr. Kay was being approached because he was on a “video showing people in a parked car had firearms.” I.e., he was exercising his Second Amendment rights on video.
I’m hoping that there is more to it than that, but it serves to open your mind to the scope of the true problem and I assure you it’s not just the officer’s tactics or the department’s policies.
The real problem here is that politicians and administrators are looking for more humane ways to enforce the countless laws with more administrative and procedural solutions because they are feeling the heat.
Because the core issue isn’t just how you enforce the law, it’s what laws you want to be enforced. As I mentioned in Part 1, once you start applying force to the human body, there are no guarantees and death (especially if one resists) is ALWAYS a potential outcome.
America (indeed the world) is struggling with and slowly waking up to the fact of what “law” really means – the power to wield the “ax” of the state in order to compel behavior.
But rather than deal with this rather nasty reality head-on and end the excuses and laws for killing our fellow humans, we the people, through our administrators and politicians attempt to skirt the issue with asinine policies, procedures, and regulations. All of which only delay the execution – should one refuse to comply and exercise their right to resist inappropriate arrest.
As Professor Stephen Carter rightly points out “there will never be a perfect technology of law enforcement, and therefore it is unavoidable that there will be situations where police err on the side of too much violence rather than too little…” and while Professor Carter is correct in stating that “Better training won’t lead to perfection…” it can and will lead to dramatically fewer casualties – if implemented with the “rational basis test.”
Proper training only goes so far… want to see a real reduction in the body count? I will close with another quote from Professor Carter “…making fewer laws would mean fewer opportunities for official violence to get out of hand.”
And repealing most of them already on the books would only help both citizens and police.
Everything else is just lip service.