Based on what my sister has told me, I would agree. I think they also get kind of lazy and careless, and don't want to put up with BS anymore. They want to put the cuffs on somebody, end the situation, and let the legal system sort them out rather than get personally involved with the people. My sister has a few stories where a careless partner lacks on protocols and puts a partner in danger, usually because they want to sit on their butt and/or think it's just business as usual and nothing is going to happen.
Protocols are there for a reason though.
Im a fed and have been to both local and federal academies. Cops are trained to react to escalation of force.
No gun with hands in the field interview position.
Hands up in a defensive position
Hands on non lethal use of force
Finally lethal force
If the situation dictates, escalate straight to lethal. The situation that would justify such a measure is a totality of circumstances
Alone, multiple suspects?
Alone with a huge suspect?
How far away is backup?
Are you being attacked?
All things are fluid.
Im also a veteran, soldiers are trained to kill. Officers are trained to stop the threat
I've seen plenty of incidents where cops didn't have to shoot their suspect, but did so anyway, simply because it was more expedient for them.
The reason for that does ultimately boil down to the fact that they are explicitly trained to be overly-reliant upon their firearms rather than look to non-lethal alternatives.
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