Whatever It Shows: Release the Video!

Whatever It Shows: Release the Video!

Over the weekend, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney decided to release police video of the officer-involved shooting of Keith Scott. As we saw, the video was inconclusive. It in fact raised many other questions about what happened: why the police fired when they did, and ...
How Many Is Too Many?

How Many Is Too Many?

One is too many. No question about it. One person, just one, out of the over 300 million in this country, shot unjustifiably by the police is one too many. Goes without saying. Let’s all agree. When you talk about human lives no price can assigned. No tolerance of an unwarranted ...
On Police Reform

On Police Reform

I keep saying the same two things over and over and over after the police fatally shoot someone, in particular black men, whether armed or unarmed: We need to wait for all the information to come out before we make definitive statements, condemn the officer, declare racism as ...
The Long Ride: Still Worth It?

The Long Ride: Still Worth It?

In motorcycle training, the Skill Development Ride has long been referred to as the “Long Ride,” and with that name the training event has sometimes earned a poor reputation. It's often thought of as a day off, during which motorcycle officers take their departmental motorcycles to ...
Roadside Near-Miss: Lessons Learned

Roadside Near-Miss: Lessons Learned

It's been said that good judgment comes from bad experience and that good experience comes from bad judgment—as long as you survive it! The reason it's taken me so long to write this article is because the incident I will describe affected me so heavily. It fundamentally altered my ...