April 2, 2015: Walk in Their Shoes

I congratulate Quanell X and the Rev. Jarrett Maupin for putting themselves though some police training.  As reported February 12 by Perry Chiaramonte on FoxNews.com, they have both participated in police scenario training. 

Quanell X participated with tests conducted at the Missouri City Police Department, a suburb of Houston.  The most interesting quote from Quanell X reflects his previous bias and lack of understanding of the importance and rational for following police instructions.  “Also, we have to teach our community that, even if you disagree with the officer, do not try to litigate with them on the spot,” he added. “Live to see another day. Don’t let our pride get in the way. Otherwise, you are setting yourself up.”

I don’t think it is a racial divide, rather a cultural one where individuals regard themselves on par with civil authority.  Society gives certain authority over its members to a subset in order to keep order in that society.  Those who feel outside the society, or slighted by society are not going to have the same reaction to a confrontation.  Any insight that can be gained and passed on to those who feel mistreated at the first contact level should avoid physical confrontations and have their situations judged by the legal system that is supposed to present all persons equal before the law. 

Quanell X is proposing that members of “his” community should remove themselves from the pride of life and deal in a conforming manner when confronted by duly appointed authority. 

The Rev. Jarrett Maupin went through training with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office In January.  His quotes also indicate a shift in his bias while not excusing excessive force by police.  “I walked away with a renewed sense of compliance in any situation,” he said. “There’s no shame in it”.  “I encourage all civil right leaders to take this training,” he added. “I know there’s truth to the other side.”

Although invited, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson will not follow suit. What Quanell X and the Rev. Jarret Maupin gained from their experience is knowledge, about themselves and others in our society. Enlightenment is sought by those who seek truth, not by those who demand punishment.

I have commented elsewhere about the consequences of armed self-defense. That the act of killing another human being can be traumatic to the survivor even in a justifiable situation. A recent episode of CBS’s Blue Bloods (season 5 episode 15, Power Plays) portrayed this. Actress Vanessa Ray as officer Edit “Eddie” Janko kills a man in self-defense. The script writers had the actress portray the after math and touched on the psychological effects of the act.

I don’t think enough people who intend to use firearms for self-defense, spend time contemplating the after math of a self-defense shooting and are therefore unprepared to deal with it. Even people who do, and specifically train for self-defense are not always sure of their reaction. Suggested Reading: On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman (Retired Army).

It’s a reminder that moral persons will be impacted in ways that amoral and evil persons are not.

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