Minneapolis Police Shooting Exposes Training Questions-Podcast 650

Another officer involved shooting. Another tragedy. More media coverage of excessive force by police. This time it’s Minneapolis on the hot seat. We’ll talk about it in Minneapolis Police Shooting Exposes Training Questions-Podcast 650.

R. Steven Rogers, a firearms instructor with Pistolcraft, joins Bob Davis. Rogers believes training is the key in the mystery of why officers may be prone to reaching for firearms.

Another Officer Involved Shooting

Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor shot and killed Justine Ruszczyk Saturday Night July 15th, 2017. The 40 year old South Minneapolis woman had called 911 to report a disturbance in the alley behind her home.

Details are sketchy so far, since the officer isn’t talking. Speculation is running rampant. Rogers asks some questions about the level of training for officer Noor and police as a whole in Minneapolis Police Shooting Exposes Training Questions-Podcast 650.

More Questions About City Management

Especially relevant is the question of how Minneapolis manages police. Is there too much involvement in police management by Mayor Betsy Hodges? There have been questions about police coverage in the city’s poorer neighborhoods for years. With reports of more crime in entertainment districts, now, suddenly, come questions of enough whether there are enough police, whether they are experienced enough and how they are trained. In Minneapolis Police Shooting Exposes Training Questions-Podcast 650.

Higher Training Standards May Be Key

Despite assertions that Minnesota ranks high in standards for police training, Rogers says the standard may not be high enough. He questions whether officers are getting enough training in dealing with the difficult situations they encounter, and thus revert to their firearms. In Minneapolis Police Shooting Exposes Training Questions-Podcast 650.

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Training and Unnecessary Force

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Jason Higgins

Here we go again. We need “more cops, more training, more money!” And the cry for public education, “How to behave when the cops arrive!”. Sorry but that’s a bunch of crap. They serve us. I just witness a crime and I call the cops and I’m a bit amped up, but now the cops think I’m a threat? What?! Nervous cops?! What the public is learning is DON’T CALL THE COPS YOU MIGHT DIE! Time to take care of business on our own. Don’t rely on the government in any form, including the police department.

Bob Davis

While I understand the emotion, I think the whole point of the podcast — at least from Steve’s point of view — is the police officers have to be trained (first), and second, given the number of shootings, there is clearly an issue with training as it relates to firearms. You can rail all you want, but it won’t solve the problem. The other factor here is, why was Officer Noor fast tracked, HOW was he trained, WHY was he put in a car with an even less experienced officer, and WHO or WHAT is accountable for those decisions. I personally think there is a greater issue of competency in Minneapolis city government from the mayor and city council, on down through city offices including the police. The city glosses over basic competency issues, with PR about the shining entertainment districts and multi-cultural faces. Now we’re seeing what happens when we don’t stick to the knitting, plain and simple.


Great interview. Mr Rogers made some fantastic points I think people need to hear and pay attention to. Among the points was how to behave in a situation where you are interacting with police while they are working an incident. Talking specifically about keep calm, hands locations, voice levels, interrupting, etc you want to keep the officers blood pressure down.
I found myself thinking about how much sense that makes, especially with the frequency of ambush murders of cops over the last 4/5 years, I don’t know for sure, but I would imagine that has got to be in the back of their minds no matter how well they are trained.

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