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To: Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, County Commissioners: Al French, Josh Kerns, Mary Kuney
Killology Kills Black People: Ban the Training in Spokane County
Cancel the October 28th Mindset Bootcamp training with Dave Grossman, the founder of Killology training. Disavow his "warrior" mindset in ACTIONS as well words. Prohibit the use of public funds and public facilities for this and any other aggressive law enforcement training that unfairly targets the Black community.
Why is this important?
Killology training is in direct disregard for the relationship law enforcement agencies say they wish to build with the Black Community..
Black men are disproportionately targeted by law enforcement, especially when it comes to use of force. Killology training will further endanger Black lives by providing law enforcement with mindsets that directly violate training laws that call for de-escalation.
Further, law enforcement actions do not reflect law enforcement’s words. During a May 28th, 2020 Black Lens News: Conversation In Black interview, Chief of Police Meidl spoke to the absolute importance of bringing the Black community and police together by building relationships. Yet, killology training is scheduled in Spokane County. Allowing this training isn’t a simple lapse of judgement. It is representative of the fundamental aggressive tactics that exist in law enforcement culture.
SPD has stated that no city officers will use city funds nor are they registered for training. SPD is putting the blame solely on the shoulders of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department. There’s a saying:
"There are no good cops until the good cops hold bad cops accountable.”
If SPD wishes to play the good cop, then they must hold their fellow law enforcement agencies accountable and assist the community in stopping the Sheriff’s Department from pursuing killology training and ideologies.
When communities and ALL law enforcement agencies strive to actively end aggressive law enforcement culture, the problem will be solved.