You can't train a violent temper out of a person.
Where have you ever seen me advocate for more training as a solution to unnecessary and unlawful police brutality? I know better but I am curious as to why you felt the need to try to school me of something that I probably have more experience in than yourself.
Police departments are already understaffed all across the country, they will not be receptive to more stringent hiring requirements. That's just the reality, every city needs more cops.
These are just excuses and no, every city does not NEED more cops. What they need is more effective policing, not more way to be brutal and have that brutality sanctioned.
Did you know that it's only been within the last 7 years or so that statistics have started being kept on police encounters that end with the death of the civilian? Even though these agencies were established more than 200 years ago and first saw life as slave patrols:
The origins of modern-day policing can be traced back to the "Slave Patrol." The earliest formal slave patrol was created in the Carolinas in the early 1700s with one mission: to establish a system of terror and squash slave uprisings with the capacity to pursue, apprehend, and return runaway slaves to their owners. Tactics included the use of excessive force to control and produce desired slave behavior.
"I [patroller's name], do swear, that I will as searcher for guns, swords, and other weapons among the slaves in my district, faithfully, and as privately as I can, discharge the trust reposed in me as the law directs, to the best of my power. So help me, God."
North Carolina Slave Patrol Oath
Slave Patrols continued until the end of the Civil War and the passage of the 13th Amendment. Following the Civil War, during Reconstruction, slave patrols were replaced by militia-style groups who were empowered to control and deny access to equal rights to freed slaves. They relentlessly and systematically enforced Black Codes, strict local and state laws that regulated and restricted access to labor, wages, voting rights, and general freedoms for formerly enslaved people.
Let's give these cops a better, more effective non-lethal option than a taser. That will stop more of these tragedies from occurring.
Why do you think that the police should or that it is necessary for them to be antagonistic, aggressive and violent towards people whose only "offense" may have been having a brake light out? Or they didn't signal properly, or their registration has expired, or any of a million innocuous offenses for which people, Black men particularly, have lost their lives?
Why do they feel the need and that they have the right to yell, curse and scream at people who aren't complying with them quickly enough? That kind of behavior just increases the chances that due to nervousness and/or confusion in trying to comply with the officers commands that the person inadvertently makes the situation worse for themself. Hell the policeman who shot and killed Philandro Castile apparently "forgot" that he had just asked him for his license & registration because when Castile immediately began complying by reaching to retrieve what he was asked for from his glove box, the policeman "claims" that he "thought" Castile was reaching for his lawfully carried concealed weapon and in a panic shot Castile, killing him.
Daunte Wright was shot and killed when a policewoman is alleged to have "accidentally" pulled her firearm instead of her taser however Wright, just like Castile, was not a wanted felon for whom they had been looking, he was pulled over for expired tags and having an air freshener hanging from his rear view mirror. Why did this policewoman or any of them feel the necessity to get violent with a person who doesn't immediately comply with their commands when they are behaving in a hostile manner towards them for situations that don't warrant such a response.
Let's give these cops a better, more effective non-lethal option than a taser. That will stop more of these tragedies from occurring. Will it stop them all? Of cours not. I'm saying let's try to make the situation better.
How about a law, not a rule, policy or procedure, but a law that says that a police person who is discharged from their job or separates voluntarily from it in order to keep from being fired, due to brutality, violations of the person's civil rights, ethical or avarice issues or issues of violence against vulnerable individuals, be they elderly, mentally challenged, minors or of a domestic nature, can NEVER work in law enforcement again, if there is indisputable evidence. They should have the same kind of transparency with this such that it shows up in public records that will prevent another law enforcement agency from hiring them.
I realize this will cause problems for some law enforcement personnel like the Wilmington, North Carolina officers who were caught on their vehicle's video or audio recordings making racist comments about some of the Black people they serve, yet don't consider themselves racists ("nah, I'm not one of those [racists]").
The city of Memphis is already working on something similiar but it needs to be across the board and applicable everywhere in the United States.