Police give lessons in how they use force
Boston police, reeling from a YouTube video last fall that showed several officers forcefully subduing a 16-year-old boy, are reaching out to community leaders, elected officials, and the news media in an effort to persuade the public that officers have received careful training and are taught strict guidelines on when to use force.
“I think it’s time we remove the mystery around police use of force,’’ Commissioner Edward F. Davis said Thursday night at the Boston Police Academy in Hyde Park, where officials invited several reporters, religious figures, and leaders of the Boston branch of the NAACP to meet with police instructors.
For nearly four hours, about half a dozen uniformed instructors lectured on the guidelines, showed footage of arrests, and traded blows in mock confrontations to show how they respond to violent suspects.
Reeling from video, Boston police offer insight on use of force - The Boston Globe
Would you attend such an event? Would a glimpse into the rough side of police work show the need for the use of force?