Apparently if a stupid idea gets said out loud enough times, someone will run with it. Joe Biden’s infamous and stupid plan for police to lessen fatal shootings, and just “shoot ’em in the leg” is now happening within the LaGrange Police Department in Georgia. Here’s a quick look at what “Shoot ‘Em In The Leg Joe” has said on this topic.
Meet LaGrange Police Chief Lou Dekmar. He took to Facebook to announce his “breakthrough” training and said, “It’s a responsibility, in my opinion, of any police leader to look at options for their police officers so that a deadly force encounter doesn’t necessarily end in a deadly result.” The post continued, “The “Shoot to Incapacitate” training course is the first of its kind in Georgia and could well be a first in the nation. It is teaching officers that in some instances where they are authorized to use deadly force, they have the option to aim for the pelvic region, abdomen, legs and arms of a person posing a threat. The idea is that a gunshot to these areas, while still potentially deadly, could stop the threat while increasing the chance that the wounds will not be fatal.”
Where to start? I am writing this with the experience of twenty years in law enforcement, I’ve been in an officer involved shooting, I’ve been on scene and witnessed several more, and I investigated police shootings while working as a detective in Southern California.
The first point I feel is important to make: Police shootings are not like the movies. People do not instantly drop to the ground when shot. When I was a civilian police employee working with LA County Sheriff, I was attacked by a homeless man with a butcher knife. The guy slashed my arm, tried to get inside the car via the window to finish me off, but lucky for me… I was with a deputy sheriff. When the deputy engaged this man with the butcher knife, he had to shoot him five times in the torso. The suspect kept advancing at least 20 feet after being shot in the chest. He ultimately died, but I will never forget the lesson I learned: people just don’t die or become incapacitated on the spot after being shot, even multiple times in the chest.
Second point: If it’s not a bad enough situation to use lethal force with the intention of stopping the threat and possibly killing the suspect, then maybe you shouldn’t be using lethal force. Are there different levels of the standard for deadly force? Not really. A person is justified in using deadly force if they reasonably believes that using such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to themselves or another. Here’s my question for you: if you are the person the officer is preventing from being murdered, do you want them to experiment with your life? There is an arsenal of less-lethal weapons to address subjects, sometimes with weapons, who do not meet the standard of deadly force. They should be used when appropriate
Third point: Let’s take a look at Chief Louis M. Dekmar. Before I even looked at his employment record, I could tell you he hasn’t seen the street since Reagan was the president, and I was right. It turns out Dekmar focuses on being more of an academic, professor, organization president, and member of various law enforcement organizations. He is actually an example of one of the biggest problems in policing, administrators and managers who really never worked the streets long enough to learn their job. Here’s a look at the Chief’s experience:
- Police Officer 1977-1978, Douglas, Wyoming Police Department
- Investigator 1979-1987, Converse County and Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
- Police Officer 1987-1988, Macon, Georgia Police Department
- Captain 1988-1991, Perry, Georgia Police Department
- Chief of Police 1991-1995, Morrow, Georgia Police Department
- Chief of Police and Chief of Public Safety 1995-present, LaGrange, Georgia Police Department
Let me help explain what this “stellar” record of police assignments boils down to, which is almost no experience in actual policing. An examination of his record shows he probably did actual police work in 1977-1978 and then again in 1987-1988 for a grand total of 2 years, out of about 44 years in law enforcement. I hate to break it to you, being a DA Investigator, captain, or chief doesn’t equal patrol experience, where it all happens. Why am I focused on the total lack of experience of this Chief? Because his policy screams that he doesn’t know what he’s doing. It also seems Dekmar is a seeker of attention in the name of wokeness. He made national headlines in 2017 for apologizing for his agency’s role in a 1940 lynching, as if he was involved. He made the headlines though…
Fourth point: Even if this policy or program was a good idea, it would take absolute expert marksmanship to accomplish this. Even before the defunding the police craze many departments typically sent their officers to the range for a quick shooting qualification course twice a year, if they’re lucky. Don’t get me wrong, big agencies with big budgets usually are able to provide more training… unless they are defunded. Training is the first thing to go when the budget gets cut. The left should remember that when they push for defunding. The other side of the effectiveness of this training? Shootings are typically chaotic, scary, and happen in a flash. Do you want the officers wondering which method of shooting the bad guy they should use? Hesitation gets officers killed.
Fifth point: This entire training program is an attention seeking exercise in the name of wokeness. Prove me wrong.