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Community activist changes his tune after ‘shoot, don’t shoot’ simulator


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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  1. What is the reason we could not see the whole simulation. This article does not give me a complete view of what the communities need to see. What works is when we see the whole situation play out .

  2. I’m tired of the blame shifting and excuse making. I’m tired of seeing people, who know better, lying to me on TV. Those rich sportsball talkers ain’t living in my neighborhood. They are as far away from the Black Lives Matter types as possible. They live in gated communities with the honkies. Their honky cohorts on TV are not even driving through my neighborhood. They are despicable hypocrites, who deliberately say things on television that make our lives worse.

    Black America does not have a race problem. It ain’t honkies robbing, looting and killing in the ghetto. They don’t have a cop problem. The cops shoot fewer black offenders than white offenders. They don’t have a gun problem either. Black America has a black guy problem. They have far too many black guys robbing, looting and killing, almost always doing so at the expense of blacks. They won’t let me fix that problem, so stop demanding I feel bad about it. I’m done. I’m all blacked out.


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