Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/06/19/police-must-be-guardians-not-warriors
I think we should be using this time to brainstorm ways to help reduce violence by police when doing their jobs.
I think virtual reality could be a powerful tool for training police and could be leveraged to set up a universal, nationwide standard set of appropriate actions intended to give everybody a safe well defined set of behaviors which would defuse violence.
Its obvious that many of the people who were shot were attempting to defuse the situations they were in and were trying to speak a language that would do so but at the very least they failed to understand it because they were all pumped up, when they should have been in a much more cautious and controlled mental state.
(trying to give people the benefit of the doubt which its quite possible they do not deserve, still, they might be amenable to a process of change allowing everybody to walk in the shoes of others, - thats important)
But (the ones who were shot who were trying to stand down the situations) they were not understood by police.
Virtual reality could allow both police and people who were playing their normal roles and developing this training to walk in one anothers shoes, in a controlled software (game like) environment. To develop a code of behavior to help make police-public interactions more safe
If police and the public behaved within this proposed “code” they should know that they will not be held at fault under most circumatances, it should create a rebuttable presumption of non-guilt.
Virtual reality has been used to develop therapies for many phobias. Its also surprisingly affordable now.
It could be used to defuse police violence and turn the situation into a learning opportunity.
Policing always has to do with some idea of an Other. Some part of a society is protected, in one or another sense, from some outside element, or from some different element within the society.
In significant cases, this has to do with people whose deprivation has so deranged them that they are violent and sort of aimlessly violent. However, in all Western, industrial, and post-industrial societies, policing almost exclusively has to do with property, conceptions of property, violations of property, or behavior that impairs the running of the property system, as measured in currency.
Yeoman set upon serfs and people “not of good family” before there was enough transportation to supply foreigners or other races. If we want racism or sexism or age-ism or the prejudice against the poor to be reduced in virulence, we have to alter the entire system of iniquity.
Not necessarily, policing can also be policing within members of a group, say a firm. Which could apply to a country.
Have you ever heard of “The Theory of the Firm”
I’m around halfway through an interesting paper…
The Critical Resource Theory of Fiduciary Duty
D. Gordon Smith