Posted onSeptember 21, 2016|Comments Off on John Cardillo & Ben Mannes discuss tactics and the Tulsa shooting
Ben Mannes appeared again on The John Cardillo Show, which airs weekday mornings on WBIZ 880AM in Miami/Fort Lauderdale, to discuss the latest controversial police shooting of an unarmed suspect. The shooting of Terrence Crutcher, an unarmed black suspect with PCP in his vehicle by Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby was, in my opinion about poor tactics and/or training, not her justification to use deadly force.
In watching the video, it was clear that Crutcher should have complied and was being given clear and lawful orders, ignoring them by walking back to his vehicle (albeit with his hands up). Tactically, I believed this to call for nonlethal/less-lethal force such as a taser, takedown, or impact weapon. Had Officer Shelby and her backup officers bridged the distance and attempted a less lethal intervention method he got to his driver’s door, Crutcher would be alive and in custody now.
On an important note, had Crutcher listened and lawfully complied with Shelby (which is hard to do on PCP), and the officers on the scene not been afraid to go ‘old school’ and put hands on him; Crutcher would be alive today.
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Posted onAugust 30, 2016|Comments Off on The Hill: Why Kaepernick, Beyonce and Black Lives Matter fail to understand cops
My latest piece in The Hill focuses on the needed clarification of roles so that the public can best understand what law enforcement does, and what roles are best left to social services to avoid deadly misunderstandings on the street.
Posted onAugust 11, 2016|Comments Off on What’s Missing from the DoJ Civil Rights Division’s Police Investigations
Vanita Gupta, the head of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, discussed the department’s findings on the investigation into the Baltimore City Police Department with Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Associated Press/Brian Witte
Today, I was published in The Hill, in regards to the US Justice Department, Civil Rights Division’s release of a scathing, 163 page report on Wednesday, detailing their investigation into the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD). The report concluded that BPD has exhibits systematic racial bias against African-Americans.
This DoJ report is quite similar to the ones written following investigations in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Ferguson, MO and Albuquerque, NM following controversial police uses of force.
However, in reviewing the report’s findings, one is left to wonder what elements are missing from these scathing reports that seem very quick to cite race as the pivotal factor in their conclusions. Furthermore, one is left to wonder what the lasting effect these reports and their resulting consent decrees have on policing in their respective cities. At the end of the day, the nature of these DoJ reports can beg the question of their effectiveness. Could a better use of governmental resources can easily be directed at the reasons crime is so high in the very communities where these DoJ reports are focused. If we, as a collective, recognize the job of the police, in responding to and preventing crime in the context of the high-crime areas where these investigations are conducted; then we can understand these statistics much better.
Posted onAugust 25, 2013|Comments Off on Armed Teachers in Schools: Mannes on “It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle”
Aired on the Comcast Network (Philadelphia, Boston, etc.)on Aug 25, 2013
With students returning to school, their security and safety remain a number one priority, especially in light of the Newtown, CT massacre and recent college campus shootings. Many proposals have been suggested, including allowing teachers to carry firearms as a means of protecting themselves and their students. Some even suggest allowing college students to carry guns. Is that one way to keep kids safe? Or could it lead to even more dangerous situations? IYC debates allowing weapons on campus.
An expert panel featuring A. Benjamin Mannes debated this issue on live TV:
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