Armed and prob­a­bly dan­ger­ous

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

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

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