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Sheriff’s Department Invites Critics To Get Firsthand Look At Officer-Involved Shootings

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Sheriff’s Department Invites Critics To Get Firsthand Look At Officer-Involved Shootings

This isn’t the first time law enforcement departments have tried to put their biggest critics in the shoes of the officers that have to make the tough calls.


From The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Facebook Page:

Lexington, SC- Lately officer-involved shootings have been making headlines. We invited a group of reporters in to see how they would react in a similar situation. Here’s what they had to say when it was over.

Thanks to ABC Columbia, WIS TV, WACH FOX, WLTX News19 and theSouth West Lexington Ledger for coming out, we hope your adrenaline has stopped pumping by your deadlines!

This isn’t the first time law enforcement departments have tried to put their biggest critics in the shoes of the officers that have to make the tough calls.

In theory, even the harshest critic should change their mind (at least a little) after experiencing something close to what officers have to go through on a daily basis.

In reality however, people tend to fall back into what they’re comfortable with.

Take for example, Reverend Jarrett Maupin:

Jarrett Maupin, was vocal critic of police for the January of 2015 shooting of an unarmed black man in Phoenix, AZ.

In response to his outspoken criticism, local authorities invited him to go through a few force training exercises.

After the training exercises Maupin stated, “I didn’t understand how important compliance was, and people need to comply with the orders of law enforcement for their own safety.

He also stated that he planned on taking his new found information back into the community to stress the importance of complying.

That lasted for about five seconds…

Fast forward to this September, Reverend Maupin personally organized four protests against law enforcement.

And this past Monday he was arrested while protesting in Tempe, AZ over the shooting of an armed, burglary suspect.

Some things just never change.

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