Armed and probably dangerous
Regarding the June 21Metro article “The fruits of a ‘guardian’ mind-set”:
While Sgt. Mark Davis may be a confident and courageous police officer, approaching an armed individual, grabbing his gun and talking “the man into lowering the weapon” more frequently would result, I suspect, in the death or injury of the officer or the citizen, whether mentally ill or not.
Perhaps Mr. Davis had developed a bond with that individual, but to hope that his actions “will become a more common kind of response,” as did Paul Gionfriddo, president of Mental Health America, is naive and dangerous. Deescalating techniques and enhanced communication skills can be an equally or more effective strategy when the officer makes sound tactical decisions.
Joseph Rollo, Falls Church