Charlotte, NC erupted into rioting after another police shooting of a Black man who was either 1) peacefully sitting in his car, reading a book, waiting for his son to come home for work or 2) exiting his car for the second time, brandishing a gun and threatening the police.
Police say they found a gun. His family says he did not have one. Police say he has a record for armed assault. Two stories and we are never going to know the truth since the officer involved was not wearing a body cam.
A story appeared on my FB feed that it required more training to become a hairdresser than it does to become a police officer.
No.. REALLY? Could that be true. Police officers must have amazing training I thought. They are paid $42.5 in Charlotte, as a starting salary and have amazing benefits. True, it is dangerous work. There have been 30 work related deaths on the force since 1892. This number of 30 Charlotte police officers killed over 124 years stands in contrast to the 62 persons who were killed by police so far in 2016.
Some of those who were killed by police might have been white.Some might have been armed. Some might have actually posed a direct and immanent threat to the police officers who were confronting them.
But do our police not have better ways to bring down suspects?
Is 'he had a gun' now going to be the standard of all the police need to shoot down someone on the street.
So I checked again about whether perhaps we would be better off putting the hairdressers in the squad cars and sending the cops back to school.
That is true.
In North Carolina, for instance, it takes only 640 hours of class training to become eligible to be a police officer. You must complete the Basic Law Enforcement Training and pass the test with 70%.
"QUESTION How long does it take to deliver BLET?
ANSWER Approximately 16 weeks - attending full time or 40 hours per week - to deliver the entire course.
BLET "night" courses usually last 6-7 months. "Night" courses typically take place Monday - Friday (6-
10pm) and on Saturdays, but are mainly taken by persons working other full time jobs."
That will total 640 hours.
Evidently this is pretty standard nationwide.
But to be a HAIRDRESSER??????
you gatta have 1200 hours.. pass the board..DO AN APPRENTICESHIP keep that license up to date with continuing education courses.. Not kidding.. NOT
It is no wonder that Charlotte is burning