Don’t grab for the gun

08/26/2014 5:53 PM

08/26/2014 5:56 PM

Emergency room workers have seen patients flip heavy stretchers, destroy rooms and steal supplies. Workers have been physically and verbally assaulted. Threats and intimidation are common.

Yet patients are not shot or killed. Staffers call for backup to deescalate the situation and “take down” as needed. Guns are not an option.

Police might benefit from regular training on the “deescalate” and “take down” techniques.

Their weapons turn them into superpowers and become the first option.

In some recent police killings, why did these officers not wait for backup?

And is a club not a safer choice against a knife when two officers are present?

I respect our officers and understand the difficult situations they face.

They need to use their skills and knowledge before their guns.

— Barbara Berry, Fort Worth

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