In light of the recent shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling,
MPR News host Kerri Miller asks for insight on whether or not police officers are
taught proper and effective de-escalation techniques, particularly in
the context of the conflict between police officers and people of color.
She is joined by
Ginger Charles, a former police sergeant and adjunct professor of psychology, and
David J. Thomas, a senior Research Fellow at the Police Foundation and former Gainesville
They question whether or not police officers are receiving enough training
on de-escalation techniques (de-escalation training requirements varies
drastically between states, some not requiring a set amount of training
hours on the subject at all), what hands-on training looks like, and what
civilians can expect from their police officers.