Columbia Police Department hosts deadly force demonstration

1 year 5 months 5 days ago October 22, 2015 Oct 22, 2015 Thursday, October 22 2015 Thursday, October 22, 2015 6:39:00 PM CDT in News
By: Samantha Myers, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department hosted a deadly force demonstration Thursday to inform the media and the public about the decision-making process that goes into using deadly force. 

The demonstration was a part of a new CPD initiative to be more transparent with the public. Officials said the idea to improve relations with the community was prompted by events in Ferguson and Baltimore.

CPD officials spoke about the deadly force law in Missouri, which says officers can use it if they reasonably believe they are threatened.

CPD official Lance Bolinger said, "When someone starts to resist or use force against us, we have to make a split second decision on what kind of force we're going to use in response to their resistance, and it's a tough decision made under rapidly evolving unknown circumstances."

The deadly force presentation presented a series of three scenarios. The first was a firearm simulator where participants stood in front of a projector screen with a fake gun and were asked if they would pull the trigger during a school shooting hostage situation. The second was deadly force decision-making scenario where the participants had to decide whether or not to shoot a man with paint ball guns. The third was a protester scenario in which the participants had to try and negotiate with protesters to get them out of the street. 

Bolinger got the idea for the event from a training conference in Chicago.

"One of the biggest issues that they identified in law enforcement is that we're not doing a good enough job in explaining police use of force to the public as far as police officers make decisions," Bolinger said. 

Robert Shatlain was an actor in the protest simulation. 

"Today was just what I call a real fun day. They asked us if we would come to help out with the scenarios," Shatlain said. 

Bolinger said there are a lot of people who still support police officers, despite the events in Ferguson. 

"The Ferguson incident has been the largest impact on policing in America. We're still trying to figure it all out post-Ferguson," Bolinger said. "Post-Ferguson we really need to go back to the community policing model where were out there in the community, we're engaging with the community, and there's a lot more communication back-and-forth."

Bolinger said CPD has started a community outreach unit that is focused on establishing relationships with the community.

"The police have gotten such a bad reputation for many years, and then recently with things that have happened," Shatlain said. "So many bad things have happened, and then there's people out there who are saying to shoot the police. I don't agree with that they're here to protect us and to take care of us."

 

 

More News

Grid
List
LADUE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in suburban St. Louis say a man found dead inside a van was wanted for... More >>
23 minutes ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:37:00 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Fire investigators in Kansas City, Missouri, are trying to pinpoint what sparked a three-alarm blaze... More >>
45 minutes ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:15:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis County police say the shooting deaths of a former couple found outside a home... More >>
57 minutes ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:03:00 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 26-year-old man jailed on $200,000 bond after being accused of drunkenly causing a Kansas... More >>
1 hour ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:56:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Sentencing is scheduled for this summer for a Missouri home health care worker who admitted in... More >>
1 hour ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:46:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis church pastor is accused of sexual misconduct with a teenager. St. Louis... More >>
1 hour ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:40:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri branches of the Job Corps program are meeting at the capitol for the first time... More >>
3 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 7:32:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
BOONE COUNTY – The I-70 bridge over the Missouri River near Rocheport will be down to one lane until Wednesday... More >>
12 hours ago March 27, 2017 Mar 27, 2017 Monday, March 27 2017 Monday, March 27, 2017 10:02:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man who for more than a decade envisioned crisscrossing the United States by... More >>
13 hours ago March 27, 2017 Mar 27, 2017 Monday, March 27 2017 Monday, March 27, 2017 9:44:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — As Kansas City deals with gray areas in herbal supplements and regulated pharmaceutical medication, the... More >>
14 hours ago March 27, 2017 Mar 27, 2017 Monday, March 27 2017 Monday, March 27, 2017 8:53:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man wounded while trying to intervene in an apparently racially motivated shooting at a... More >>
14 hours ago March 27, 2017 Mar 27, 2017 Monday, March 27 2017 Monday, March 27, 2017 8:18:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House members are trying to ban local lobbyists from giving gifts to elected officials,... More >>
15 hours ago March 27, 2017 Mar 27, 2017 Monday, March 27 2017 Monday, March 27, 2017 7:42:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House members are advancing a proposal to spend roughly $242 million more than expected... More >>
15 hours ago March 27, 2017 Mar 27, 2017 Monday, March 27 2017 Monday, March 27, 2017 7:34:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens is signing a bill to change the standard for vetting... More >>
15 hours ago March 27, 2017 Mar 27, 2017 Monday, March 27 2017 Monday, March 27, 2017 7:26:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - An expansion joint on the I-70 Rocheport Missouri River Bridge popped up Monday causing multiple flat tires, according... More >>
16 hours ago March 27, 2017 Mar 27, 2017 Monday, March 27 2017 Monday, March 27, 2017 6:27:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - With the second half of the 2017 Missouri legislative session officially underway as of Monday, here is... More >>
16 hours ago March 27, 2017 Mar 27, 2017 Monday, March 27 2017 Monday, March 27, 2017 6:10:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House members are trying to ban local lobbyists from giving gifts to elected officials,... More >>
17 hours ago March 27, 2017 Mar 27, 2017 Monday, March 27 2017 Monday, March 27, 2017 5:51:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities said two people have been found dead inside a Kansas City home after a... More >>
17 hours ago March 27, 2017 Mar 27, 2017 Monday, March 27 2017 Monday, March 27, 2017 5:40:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 53°
11am 53°
12pm 55°
1pm 57°
2pm 59°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
10:00a
Jerry Springer
11:00a
Jerry Springer
12:00p
Jerry Springer

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
8:01p
Trial & Error
8:30p
Trial & Error
9:00p
Chicago Fire
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld