Police on Police

Tammy DeSalvo
Grantham University

Police-on-police Confrontations
  1. Do you agree that “unconscious” racial biases played a larger role in the shootings than overt biases of the shooting officers?
Yes, I believe unconscious racial bias played a larger role in the shootings than overt biases because if the officers knew who the undercover cops were, they would not have shot them, or potentially shot them.   The unconscious bias in them was to have the same thoughts as when they are out on patrol and see a black suspect.   The act is blatant and is meted out to certain section of the society itself. It is not in a subtle in nature at all. People feel more hurt and singled out in this kind of discrimination.   This was not the case with these officers and the shootings/potential for a shooting as these were officers responding to a call of some sort and this was the same reaction they would have when they don’t know the suspect, only the MO of the reported suspect.   Their unconscious was induced during these scenarios as they were completely unaware of an undercover officer being there.  
  2. Considering the task force’s viewpoint that such “unconscious” biases are widely held by the general public, do you believe the training recommended is enough to overcome the biases in police officers?
I do believe that the training involved would be beneficial for all officers, both undercover and in uniform.   If the practice was “real time” and the training involved scenario based events, than it would teach the officers how to act when they come across that kind of scenario.   If the officer was either in plain clothes or was in duty uniform, the rehearsals together could potentially save many lives and save some of the undercover operations that are affected by the reactions of both officers when put in this circumstance.   This type of training is no different than the constant weapons training, combative, and people skills required to be in law...