To the editor: How about extensive de-escalation training and policies instead of more Fairbanks investment in “less lethal force” and the trigger finger mindset that apparently goes with this?
Did Monday’s city work group consider the adage, “If your only tool is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail”?
Was Cody Eyre a danger to others before police showed up with weapons? Would he have been a danger to others if police had retreated and called in a mental health professional?
Why are police talking about more weapons being used from great distances as if our community is a war zone and every call involves “enemies”? Do Cody’s and (shot-by-police-in-their-own-homes-by-mistake) Atatiana Jefferson’s and Botham Shem Jean’s deaths not show them that they need de-escalation training?
Why is more emphasis and investment not being put into police and communitywide training and education about nonviolent alternatives to the use of weaponry?
I appeal to municipal, state and national policymakers to explore and expand nonviolence trainings for law enforcement and education for our young people.