Rev. Jarrett Maupin agreed to take the use of force test administered to police officers, in an attempt to prove that police are using too much force when responding to calls. The Maricopa County Sheriffs Department gave Maupin the three scenarios and here is how Maupin did:
In the first scenario, Maupin did not shoot. The perp hid behind a car, pulling out a gun and shot Maupin. In the second one, Maupin had to break up an argument that was getting physical. When an unarmed man rushed at him, Maupin fired. He said afterwards that the man had forced him to shoot by entering his zone:
“Hey, he rushed me … I shot because he was in that zone, I didn’t see him armed, he came clearly to do some harm to my person. It’s hard to make that call; it shakes you up.”
In the third scenario, Maupin was able to subdue the subject but then he found a knife in the suspect’s waistband. The entire ordeal seemed to shake up the Rev. Maupin.
Maupin, who in the past has led several marches against police, including one case where police shot an unarmed man, also led the crowd in a chant of, “We want his badge, we want his gun, we want his job.”
To his credit, Rev. Maupin admitted that he had no real understanding about the compliance issue and that the tests allowed him to see things in a new light:
“I didn’t understand how important compliance was, but after going through this; yes my attitude has changed, this happens in 10-15 seconds. People need to comply for their own sake.”
— Rev. Jarrett Barton Maupin, Jr. (@ReverendMaupin) January 8, 2015
It just goes to show you that unless you are in the officer’s situation, you cannot judge his reaction to any confrontation.
Courtesy of Red Statements.
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