LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A former Dallas Police Officer who spent 23 years of his life in Louisville weighed in on all the violence that has lead up to the police ambush in Texas and explained why the community needs training, not just law enforcement officers.
Five Dallas Police officers were killed Thursday night, just nine months after Louisville native Brian Schupp retired from the Dallas Police Department after 34 years. Two of the five killed, Michael Smith and Lorne Ahrens were his comrades.
“Just good people, just like most officers are,” Schupp said.
But the reputation of all officers across the country is changing because of officer involved shootings.
“It's presented as if this is occurring every single day. And the number of black people killed by police officers in general is so minute compared to young black men dying at the hands of other young black men in this country,” Schupp said.
He said most shootings are not racially motivated and adds because of the way law enforcement is now viewed it’s getting good officers killed -- like the ones in Dallas.
“I just put so much of this on mainstream media, our political leaders, black leaders that just ignore the facts and want to watch a 10 second video and make all kinds of assumptions and judgments,” he said.
Schupp said the problem with cell phone videos taken of shootings is that they never show the most important part -- the 10 to 15 minutes leading up to the shooting.
“Instead we just turn it into a race issue and want to blame the police when there’s zero blame placed on the actions of the individual that was shot,” he said.
Having received years of training himself, Schupp sees this as a solution:
“We need training for the community, which basically is when a police officer tells you to do something, you do it and everything will be okay. It's only when you resist arrest, assault an officer, try to take his gun, that's when things go bad,” Schupp said.
Schupp added President Obama needs to do a better job addressing the facts in officer-involved shootings.