If we are going to rely on law enforcement as emergency intervention for acute mental illness and substance abuse, then we must provide every officer with the training and resources to make sure those encounters end in help for the ill, rather than death. Oklahoma, and the entire nation, needs reform for officer training.
We cannot achieve any legal, political or social progress without legal, political and social consequences for individuals -- not just institutions.
In the event of an error our officers will be put on compensated leave pending a "full investigation". If you feel you've been treated unfairly, you can request a hearing. But understand that it is not our duty to listen to you. Proceed to the end of the line you will be seen in the order that we decide.
There is a double standard in how we talk about the characters of cops vs. their civilian suspects of color.