Academy Training seems to be failing Officers in one area which is showing up more often these days.
This is just personal opinion so take it for what it is worth (not much)...
It seems to me that Taser training should be performed before firearms training with a cross draw rig. Then Firearms training in a strong hand rig, then a combined training so that the decision making and correct weapons selection become melded into an almost instructional response.
After the fact training with Less than Lethal Tasers has in fact turned into an extremely lethal outcome depicted in the different occurrences of Officers being Certified after the fact to carry a Taser who intend to draw and fire their Taser only to find out that it is their service weapon in their hands after the trigger is pulled, the weapon bucks in their hands and the suspect is dead on the ground.
"TASER ! TASER ! TASER !" BOOM and a life is gone and another is destroyed all because of a failure in the process, IMO.
Anyone who has worked in construction knows that over time you will learn where each and every tool in your tool pouch is located and you hand will find it as soon as you need it. For some this includes tools that are located around the person on a belt, in puches and pinned between the body and belt.
I carried an Electricians tool pouch on my right side full of screw drivers, needle nose pliers, awl, utility knife, hammer, snips and measurement tape. On my left hand side was a 4 pocket screw pouch with tool slots both on the front and back sides of it holding various drill bits, punches, shears, and other tools.
I never had to look for anything, my hand knew where to find the tool or screw needed without skipping around trying to find the right one. Instinct, muscle memory and coordination ensured I had what I needed in my hand when I needed it.
Less than Lethal should be an option for every Officer and should be something they leave the Academy trained to use along with all the other tools of their trade.
They should be trained in decision making on which to reach for, and it should be drilled into them where they do it without thinking about getting the correct tool in their hand when needed.
No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
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