Reduce Police Brutality and Extend Officer Training

Reduce Police Brutality and Extend Officer Training

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chanel moon started this petition to Peace Officers Standards and Training

The recent uprising in concern for police brutality within the Black Lives Matter Movement began to concern our communities worldwide. The entire world has been affected by the lives taken from us by police officers. These same police officers only require as little as 360 hours in training to as high as 900 hours in training. Whereas other career paths such as cosmetology requires at minimum 1500 hours in training. In other words, your hairdresser has spent more time training than someone who is armed and can kill you any moment they feel threatened.

We begin to question, are the people in charge of our lives TRULY capable of protecting us? An officer can spend 664 hours, like in California, in training and still murder a person for a crime they did not commit. When reviewing textbooks officers are to read during their training, people begin to notice discrepancies in the way officers go about their job. Immediately, the reader believes the officers either don’t remember this lesson or they simply don’t care. If a doctor messes up, they lose their job, it does not matter if they forgot. Why can’t we have that energy for people who train for a minimum of 360 hours?

Whether or not a community agrees with the Black Lives Matter Movement, it’s hard to disagree that officers do NOT spend enough time in training to be capable of protecting the people. Officers can murder a civilian and get away with it, until the community speaks up. Whereas on the other hand, if a doctor gets charged with medical malpractice, they’ve lost their job and any chance of getting a new one. A doctor’s job is to help and protect the people. The officer is here to serve that same duty.

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