Antipolice media propaganda has deceived the public and turned decent citizens against the police officers who risk their lives to protect them.
The media narrative about officer‐involved shootings is very different from the reality. Typical racist headlines like “White Cop Shoots Black Man” are often the only exposure law‐abiding citizens have to police officers.
Most people have never been in a physical fight, let alone a life‐or‐death shooting, so they are left with Hollywood and media fiction to educate them about law enforcement shootings.
The perception is that cops are cavalier about shooting people, but from the 12 real‐life accounts in this book, you will discover law enforcement shootings are far more complicated and the consequences are greater than most people will ever understand.
Each fascinating chapter in this book illustrates how shootings occur under intense pressure, with limited information, and in rapidly evolving situations.
Law enforcement demands a tough exterior, but officer‐involved shootings are extremely traumatic. Officers risk not only being killed but also imprisonment, loss of employment, public slander, marriage and family turmoil, and severe health issues.
The psychology behind an officer‐involved shooting is the part of the story that is missing from the public narrative. What happens in the officer’s head before, during, and after a shooting is the story that is rarely told.
Police officers, like all humans, make less‐than‐perfect decisions and occasionally stumble with significant mistakes. That said, in virtually every law enforcement shooting, the suspect’s actions drive the officer to shoot—it is not the other way around.
This book is for three kinds of people:
- Cops who have been in a shooting
- Cops who could be in a shooting
- Civilians who want to understand police shootings
Law enforcement culture penalizes officers for showing vulnerability, so it can be easy to feel alone when experiencing the trauma that follows killing another human. This book shares the story that officers do not get to tell, and it will prepare others who have not yet been forced to pull the trigger.