- “Citizens have a right to expect their police will practice unconditional respect toward them — no matter what has happened…”
- “In these kind of incidents, someone has to be the adult…”
- “When police disrespect citizens, Sandra Bland incidents happen…”
In the wake of the Sandra Bland arrest and death in jail, and high-profile police shootings, I believe police departments today rely too much on coercion and force and less on their verbal skills to gain compliance from citizens. It’s often the issue of authority versus legitimacy.
Here is my recent 20 minute interview on Wisconsin Public Radio with Rob Ferrett.
Published by David Couper
I served over 20 years as the chief of police in Madison (WI), four years as chief of the Burnsville (MN) Police Department, and before that as a police officer in Edina (MN) and the City of Minneapolis. I hold graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota and Edgewood College in Madison. I have written many articles over my years as a police leader. After retiring from the police department, I answered a call to ministry, attended seminary, and was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. After 25 years leading two Episcopal Churches in Portage and North Lake, Wisconsin, I now serve as Associate Pastor in a growing, dynamic, and Spirit-filled Lutheran congregation in nearby Mazomanie.
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Reblogged this on e-Roll Call Magazine.
It might help if we required more than a GED and a few weeks of basic training. How about some college-level courses in philosophy, history, ethics, non-violent communication, psychology… ?
In my book an ABSOLUTE necessity! Cops need to be educated, well-trained, honest, controlled in their use of force, unconditionally respectful and willing to work closely with those whom they serve.