Minneapolis police held a use of force learning session at its 4th precinct headquarters Wednesday to give media personnel a firsthand taste of what officers go through in their training and how it applies in potential deadly encounters on the streets.
“There’s a lot going on in a short amount of time that we’re asking officers to handle,” said Sgt. Tony Caspers, Minneapolis police range master.
Members of the media were given a crash course on Minnesota law as it relates to use of force. They were also able to practice shooting a firearm and ran through different police scenarios using a video simulator.
“We have fractions of seconds oftentimes to make decisions and a lot of things have to factor into those moments,” said Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau, after the session.
Harteau said that “most of the time [police] get it right,” but there are times where officers make “egregious” errors she said like what happened in North Charleston, South Carolina, where an officer was charged with murder after a bystander filmed him shooting an unarmed man running away following a traffic stop.
“These are uniforms; they’re not super hero costumes,” Harteau said. “And we’re human beings and we’re trying to do the right thing in the right time and sometimes with limited information.”
WARNING: Video gets loud when Caspers shoots.