You're right, policing has gone too far away from training to deescalate, to where officers instinctively go the other direction. At the request of a leader of the Presbyterian (PCUSA) Peace Fellowship, I wrote this "Prayer for Philando and Jeronimo, the latest":
Who's allowed to be afraid?
The peace officer who's armed to protect,
Or the citizen with a permit and a four-year-old?
"I was scared to death," he told the jury,
and they believed him.
Had he heard "Death, where is thy sting?"
Did he believe that death was overcome?
Fear is what kills.
Kills fathers before their children's eyes.
Kills the human will to love.
For death to be overcome,
We must kill fear.
We must strip it from our hearts.
You are welcome to repost, but please identify me as the writer, Barbara Kellam-Scott. It's also on my Facebook page and at presbypeacefellowship.org.