Isaiah McKinnon, former police chief and deputy mayor of Detroit, explained the importance of de-escalation training and how it can save lives when tensions between police and residents rise in the United States
“De-escalation is the possible answer … I almost had a similar circumstance when I stopped a person, a little kid who had a gun, and I pulled my gun on him. He had the gun out; it turned out to be a toy gun, “said McKinnon. “It could have been terrible for this young man, and certainly for me, but you have a split second to de-escalate as much as possible.”
On March 29, police officer Eric Stillman fatally shot and killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo. The surveillance video appeared to show Adam throwing away a gun he was holding before turning to face the officer. His hands appeared to be empty when he was shot. Stillman was in administration for 30 days.
McKinnon told CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” that what happened on March 29 was “the worst-case scenario for any law enforcement officer” and that officials “during that time” did not literally get the other person’s first shot can give “decisions in a split second.
As protests against police shootings erupt, McKinnon told host Shepard Smith that it will be important for law enforcement agencies across the country to investigate the types of people they bring into the ranks of law enforcement.
“We want to make sure they are making the right decisions and that is so important in terms of who we bring, what type of training, and whether it is daily, yearly, monthly, yearly for officials who are doing them Need to face types of situations, “McKinnon said.