The Minneapolis mayor is taking strong and swift action to essentially turn cops into cowards, making them much less prepared for handling real threats on the street, and saving their own lives and the lives of law-abiding citizens.
A Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) source quoted the mayor’s official statement:
“Effective immediately, Minneapolis police officers are prohibited from taking a certain type of training course.”
Mayor Jacob Frey made the announcement Thursday during his annual State of the City speech, saying that so-called ‘fear-based or warrior training’ courses make officers overly aggressive.
The type of training that is now banned for Minneapolis police officers goes by different names.
An examination of records following the police shooting death of Philando Castile in 2016 showed then-St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez took a seminar called ‘Bulletproof Warrior.’
According to a brochure, the course is designed to help officers ‘utilize their ‘Warrior Spirit’ in a practical way so they can WIN hostile confrontations on the street.’
Frey said training based on instilling fear in officers has no place in Minneapolis because it ‘does not align with the culture and mission of our chief, and serves no purpose in our police department’…”
First and foremost, Minneapolis is that last place on the planet that the mayor should take the edge off his police officers.
Crimes rates have risen dramatically over the past few years, and massive immigration by Somali Muslims have turned the area into the #1 spot in the nation for terrorist radicalization and recruitment.
It is also U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar’s district, and her anti-Semitic and anti-American statements and sentiment have likely stoked fires in the city based on race and religion conflicts that didn’t previously exist.
This is just another attempt in a long line of attempts to appease criminals and their families.
We’ve all seen and heard about “de-escalation” training usually sponsored by the ACLU and psychologists – both groups of people who have never been in a conflictual moment in their lives and had to make split-second decision that would cause you to choose between the life and death of yourself, your partner, an innocent civilian, or a suspect.
I file this measure along with the lessening of the grip of law and order in many Democratically-controlled cities and states where minor crimes, which usually lead to major crimes, have been dismissed, not enforced, or completely excluded from a district or state attorney’s mantle.
We also know that the lack of training and motivation leads to weight gain, apathy, and incompetence. Incompetence leads to death in our career field.
The need for constant training is widely recognized in the field, not only to learn new systems and procedures, but to reinforce training and build mental and physical (muscle) memory into ourselves to ensure we can react when in a crisis.
“Warrior training” – that’s a great marketing title for something that simply refines and hones a police officer’s ability to be aware of their surroundings at all times and react to any threat presented. If a mayor or city council member is ignorant and naïve enough to believe that the officers in their area don’t see threats every day, they should ride along for a few shifts and see for themselves.
Training of this sort also instills elements in a person that I believe most liberal politicians would not like to see in a police officer – competence; confidence; ability; physical fitness; mental toughness; alertness; and more intrinsic factors like motivation, happiness, and comradery or esprit de corps with their fellow officers – their actual teammates.
This is simply an act of pandering to inner-city constituents and trying to buy votes for later use. This is substantially more dangerous, though, than lowering prosecutorial thresholds for shoplifting or trespassing, as some politicians have done.
This concept of emasculation will likely cost police officers their lives, and will as a matter of osmosis, cost lives of innocent civilians.
No one ever wants to use a dull knife to cut their steak, and a police officer with dulled senses helps no one, especially themselves.