A community activist in Memphis, Tennessee got a taste of the kind of split-second decisions officers have to make after he was invited to participate in a shooting simulation designed to train new officers.
Community activist Devante Hill -who has been critical of police activity and helped lead the I-40 bridge protest in Memphis- utilized the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s shooting simulator on Thursday, volunteering to face the difficult decisions officers encounter on the beat.
“It’s a shoot, don’t shoot scenario that’s interactive with a laser weapon that simulates a recoil of actual weapon,” said Tim Helldorfer, chief investigator of the district attorney.
Hill was surprised by the simulator, which walked him through tense situations.
“You don’t know what you’re going into. There’s an adrenaline rush,” said Hill.
Hill found that the burden of knowing when to shoot and when to disengage was not always so easy.
After an hour of training, Hill felt that his perception on police use of force had changed.
“We got to make sure we stress in the community you got to comply. An officer does not know when they get on a scene. They don’t know,” he said.
Hill then told News Channel 3 that every situation was unique and that both sides need to change.
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