We are now getting a glimpse into the new police training St. Louis police might be receiving. It will include lessons on how to flee and watch from a secure place if possible. It’s called tactical retreat. Take off the tactical and you have the true meaning.
In addition, the new civilian review board that will monitor police is being hijacked by radicals.
In war situations or in some situations SWAT responds to, it means a common sense defensive maneuver, but it takes on a somewhat different meaning in this case.
The officer would be shown when and how to cut and run until backup arrives.
More of our police departments could be moving in the direction of retreat and withdrawal starting with St. Louis which will be lauded as a great success story whether it is or isn’t.
Tactical retreat will leave criminals to their own abandon if they look like they will put up a fight and there is only one officer present.
This type of training would have taught Officer Darren Wilson to step on the gas and leave the criminal to his own devices while watching from some place unseen.
The St. Louis Dispatch ran an article informing that the St. Louis police department is planning to teach police how and when to run. It’s euphemistically called ‘tactical retreat’, or sometimes “tactical withdrawal” or “tactical restraint.”
It makes sense if an army of criminals are coming after a couple of police officers but this is teaching them to retreat as a method of policing.
Criminals will love it.
“We add the word, ‘tactical’ and not just ‘retreating’ or ‘giving up’ because that’s what makes it palatable for police officers,” explained Seth Stoughton, a criminal law professor at the University of South Carolina.
The former Florida officer is a nationally prominent advocate for applying the softer approach.
“It’s basically the choice to work smarter rather than harder.”
“That’s good for everybody.”
It would make the Obama administration happy.
The liberals behind this want to change the mindset of police officers.
Stoughton said, “When you are trained to be hypervigilant and told everything is a potential threat, it sounds really scary, when actually most things aren’t threatening at all. Most interactions are peaceful, and force of any type is relatively uncommon.”
I’d like to ask Stoughton how many officers were shot at traffic stops because they weren’t “hypervigilant.”
Stoughton wants officers to use verbal and body language and positioning skills.
He praised Police Chief Chris Magnus in Richmond, California for joining protesters with a sign that said, “Black Lives Matter.”
[Black Lives Matter is an organization funded by socialist George Soros and replete with communist and anarchist Occupiers. By standing with these faux protesters, he was taken a stand against the police and Officer Wilson.That is the part Stoughton doesn’t care to understand.]
It’s being used in the dangerous San Francisco Bay Area with some officials calling it a success. They say fewer police are dying. They don’t mention how many criminals escape to commit more crimes.
Chiefs of the St. Louis and St. Louis County police have said in recent interviews they are reviewing training with the principles of tactical retreat in mind.
But it’s a delicate dance, warned Sam Dotson, the city chief, reported PoliceOne.
“Society has to realize that we pay police officers to keep us safe. And if every criminal knows, ‘If I confront an officer, they will take four steps back, that’s my escape route,’ then that becomes the new norm.”
It might be a hard sell, said Sam Dotson, the city chief.
Gabe Crocker, president of the St. Louis County Police Association, called the tactical retreat concept “cowardice retreat,” and complained that it is “shameful” to consider.
“Why should we have to change law enforcement nationwide to make exceptions for this violent few when what we should be doing is making it harder for this violent few to have such a powerful lobby on their side?” Crocker asked. “Police officers are trying to uphold the laws of society and protect people. Instead, people are labeling us as aggressive and people who need more training.”
A misjudgment with tactical retreat could get an officer killed, said David Klinger, a criminologist at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who urges caution in the way it’s used.
“If you retreat, you’re giving the guy an opportunity to win the fight, and you have to be bold,” said Klinger, a former Los Angeles officer. “However, if you have the advantage of horsepower, you should break away.
Chief Thomas Jackson said he had hired Lt. Col. Al Eickhoff, a former St. Louis County tactical officer, to oversee the effort. But just five days after Eickhoff started, Officer Wilson shot Michael Brown in Ferguson in self-defense.
It will be another expense but it will save thugs who rob stores and then try to beat up cops and take their gun away. Oh, but if it saves just one life.
The first meeting of the St. Louis Civilian Review Board didn’t go very well as you can see from the photo. These are the people who will be monitoring the police.
The police said the radicals were nasty to police and wouldn’t let them give testimony also via Gateway Pundit.
It’s not just St. Louis that’s looking for social work style policing..
There seems to be a trend in this direction.
Over the last two years, our Border Patrol has been told to not pull their guns when attacked with rocks, they were told to duck. We have a president who has the United States in full retreat throughout the world.
Last summer, Border Patrol were told they must avoid situations where deadly force may be used.
Examples include refraining from blocking moving vehicles’ paths or firing at rock-throwers unless in imminent danger,” according to the Huffington Post.
Shawn Moran, Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) told Breitbart Texas that Border Patrol agents put their lives at risk every day. Leaving them few options to defend themselves could put their lives in further jeopardy.
October 2013, Breitbart reported that border patrol agents were ordered to stand down. Shawn Moran, Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council told Breitbart that agents were told to cease pursuing drug smugglers, human smugglers and traffickers, and illegal aliens. He also warned it could lead to illegal aliens entering the country from nations associated with terrorism.
“It doesn’t matter whether it’s drugs, bodies, or how large the group is, our agents are being ordered to stand down by Border Patrol management,” said Moran. “I have received reports from our agents in every single sector from San Diego to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas that they are receiving these orders.”
We have a president who is running from the fights overseas despite the danger it puts Americans in, despite the fact that it makes us look weak to terrorists but it is what this administration believes in.
Just yesterday, I posted the following video of British police running from Muslim attackers who cursed at the police as they ran, insulted them and beat them as they took off in a humiliating display.
Check out the video below to get a glimpse at what our police could one day look like. Will New York City follow St. Louis since their mayor is the weak link? Will we look like Britain one day?