What Happened When This Anti-Police Activist Walked in a Cop’s Shoes
All over the country, people have been up in arms in reaction to police shootings of citizens. Even when grand juries decline to indict officers, elements of the public suspect evidence is being hidden or ignored. In Arizona, Reverend Jarrett Maupin has been a leader of protest marches, vocal in his criticism of the police. Then the Maricopa Sheriff’s Department invited him to see life from the other side. They offered him the opportunity to participate in the deputies’ “use of force” training. For Maupin, it was an eye-opening experience.
Maupin experienced several scenarios. In one, he was “shot.” In another, he himself shot a suspect. In an interview with the local Fox affiliate, he said,
It’s hard to make that call; it shakes you up…I didn’t realize how important compliance was, but after going through this, yes my attitude has changed. This happens in ten to fifteen seconds. People need to comply for their own sake.
Maupin deserves credit for having an open mind, and owning up to being wrong. Let’s hope others in the minority community are able to make the stretch and empathize with the difficult decisions police have to make every day.