TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KCPD CHIEF FORTÉ EXPLAINS DEADLY POLICE SHOOTING DEETS AMID ONGOING COMMUNITY OUTRAGE!!!
During the last police board meeting there was continued protest and a shouting match amid community outcry for an investigation of police policies and practices involved in police shootings.
The death of Ryan Stokes has been used as a rallying cry from protesters who have continually challenged police on the use of force.
Today's blog post from the Chief attempts to explain the methods used by police in no uncertain terms.
KCPD Chief's Blog: Officer-involved shootings, from training to investigation
Money line . ..
"Let me be clear that no officer wants to be put in a situation in which he or she must decide to shoot someone. But suspects do threaten the lives of officers, and officers must employ their training and experience to decide how to best protect themselves and others. Sometimes this means they must fire their service weapon to stop the threat.
"I take pride in how well-trained our officers are and am confident they have received some of the most cutting edge instruction in the country on how to navigate a possible shoot/no-shoot situation. I also am confident in the integrity and accuracy of our investigative processes. Multiple levels of review – both internally and by the FBI and U.S. Attorney – assure our community that the actions of any KCPD officer involved in a shooting are comprehensively reviewed for adherence to the law and department policy. The people of Kansas City deserve nothing less."
Read the whole thing.
You decide . . .