Police Are Trained to Fear

As a former cop, I know why so many carry out their work with an “us versus them” mentality

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My adrenaline was in control, and my training had me thinking that this would be where I would get shot.

I was dumbfounded: He was unarmed, I’d almost shot him, and he was apologizing to me.

Had I been trained to be scared?

After those events, fear swept through our department. The new scare tactic became the ambush. The narrative in all this was saving ourselves and other cops — but not citizens.

When I was a cop, I always felt an “us versus them” mentality. That doesn’t do anybody any good.

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