I regret that many of the opinions expressed in the LancTalk blog were “either-or” (either you support police or you’re a bleeding heart), or used derogatory terms to describe people who were very upset. Here in Canada we’ve had a similar case in which a man was tasered by police and died as a result. This led to a Federal Inquiry into the use of this weapon by police. The point is that tasering any individual is a high risk action. In my conflict management and crisis intervention training, I learned the importance of a number of strategies in dealing with individuals who had mental health issues. Not only combat vets have PTSD, but so do abuse survivors and a number of caregivers who’ve been traumatized by the demands of their job. This appears to be a very emotional issue: perhaps it’s important to dial back the name-calling and admit that we actually help police protect us by giving them good guidelines and training.
Thank you for your reasoned response.There will be more later today.
To the caller who left me a voicemail yesterday, I look forward to talking with your lawyer – NOT!
The above is the cover of M. William Phelp’s book on the Roseboro murder, “Love Her To Death” due to be released on March 1, 2011.The back of the book will come later today along with much more.
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