In a wide-ranging interview this week, [Philadelphia] Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said he hoped that the trend reflected the department's shake-up in training and tactics, which range from adopting a "statement on the sanctity of human life" to emphasizing "reality-based" weapons training for officers.Fatal police-involved shootings are down 75 percent. It could be a statistical fluke, but going from 16 to 12 to 3 (in 2010, 2011, & 2012) after actually doing something makes me think the drop is real.
It's the "reality-based training for officers" that intrigues me. Anybody know what it is? I suspect it does not start with the assumption that police officers set out to kill black people. I don't mean that glibly. I mean that in the way there are ways to reduce officer-involved shootings. And it comes through training that focuses on tactics and danger, not race.
Update: Another good story, this one about Richmond, CA (thanks to Campbell).