In an eye-opening video from 2015, an anti-police activist gets to experience the split-second decisions that officers have to make in life and death situations. In the end, Rev. Jarrett Barton Maupin had a change of heart and told others that they need to comply with orders from the police for their own safety.
Given the recent spate of officer-involved shootings and arrests, this video shows what it is really like for officers who are on the front lines battling crime. It is a thought-provoking shift of focus that relates to recent deadly encounters that involved those such as Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, and Ma’Khia Bryant.
At the time, Maupin was one of the strongest critics of police using force during arrests. He is a high-profile organizer in minority communities. He led a protest against the police after an allegedly unarmed man was shot and killed. Maupin chanted, “We want his badge, we want his gun, we want his job!”
The reverend was given the opportunity to take part in a forced-unforced training session with the police and it did not go the way he had envisioned. He put on a holster with a fake weapon and proceeded to find out that reality is not what he thought it was when it comes to confronting criminals.
(Video Credit: Fox 10 Phoenix)
Maupin was put in the middle of three scenarios where he had to decide whether to shoot or not shoot.
The first scenario shows a man casing a car and Maupin starts asking him what he is doing. The man claims it is his car and starts walking around the back. Before Maupin can react, the man pulls out a gun and shoots him. It happened incredibly fast. The reverend realized when force was needed but was taken by surprise when the gun was pulled out from behind the vehicle. The same thought process probably went through Maupin’s mind as it did the officer who shot Adam Toledo.
In the second setup, two men are fighting and Maupin approaches them. The bigger of the two starts aggressively approaching him and won’t stop when told to do so. The reverend is forced to shoot him. Maupin felt he was an imminent threat and took him down for it. It appeared he was beginning to fully realize that the police face tough decisions every time they encounter someone like this.
In the third scenario, Maupin has to handle a possible burglary suspect and gets him on the ground. He searches the man and he has a knife in his waistband. He didn’t have to shoot this time but if the man had gotten the knife out, it would have been a different story just as it was in the Ma’Khia Bryant shooting.
At the end of the exercise, Maupin said he didn’t realize how important compliance was. He also claimed his attitude has now changed. The reverend is still an activist but he views the police in a different light because he just put himself in their shoes. He had an epiphany of sorts.
‘Yeah, my attitude has changed,” Maupin said. “This is all unfolding in 10 – 15 seconds. People need to comply with law enforcement officers for their own sake.”
Contrast that with how leftists such as Valerie Jarrett have reacted to the recent police shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus:
A Black teenage girl named Ma’Khia Bryant was killed because a police officer immediately decided to shoot her multiple times in order to break up a knife fight. Demand accountability. Fight for justice. #BlackLivesMatter.
— Valerie Jarrett (@ValerieJarrett) April 21, 2021
Just because an officer can use deadly force does not mean the officer should. Let’s spend more time responsibly training them to de-escalate violent situations, and if force is required, use the minimum force necessary.
— Valerie Jarrett (@ValerieJarrett) April 21, 2021
Perhaps if Jarrett went through training as Maupin did, she would see that within 10 to 15 seconds, an officer has to decide whether to use deadly force or not. The officer is not thinking about minimum force in most instances. Instead, he or she is focusing on how to save lives. In the Bryant incident, the officer shouted multiple warnings and there was no chance to de-escalate the situation. He was evidently not close enough to use a Taser and the other girl’s life was in imminent danger. It appears that Officer Reardon made the only choice he could have given the situation.
In the shooting of Adam Toledo, the boy stopped but had the gun in his hand hidden behind him. He tossed it and began to turn with his hands raised. The officer did not see him ditch the gun and assumed that Toledo was raising his arm to fire at him. Unfortunately, the boy died.
It is necessary to consider the facts in each shooting and examine exactly what occurred. Context is everything in these tragedies.
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