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Tue Jan 25, 2022, 10:15 AM

A rookie cop mistook my sons for gang members and searched them at gunpoint. Where's our justice?

My boys were taught that the police officers who protect and serve our communities are to be respected and trusted. That trust was destroyed on Jan. 8, 2018, when they were stopped at gunpoint, forced to lie on the ground, handcuffed and searched.

On this cold, rainy night the boys had spent the evening with their grandparents and were walking the short distance back to my house. This walk home turned into a nightmare that still haunts them to this day because an inexperienced police officer in Springdale, Arkansas, overreacted to a dispatch report about some alleged gang members who had fled during a traffic stop earlier that evening.

When officer Lamont Marzolf encountered my kids, who were just 12 and 14 at the time, he could have acted in a professional manner, asked them some questions, and it would have been readily apparent (1) they didnít come close to matching the description of the suspects, and (2) they were just young kids walking back to their momís house after spending time with their grandparents.

In a just and reasonable world, this conversation between my children and officer Marzolf would have resolved the situation and everyone could have gone on with their lives. Instead, he jumped out of his patrol car, drew his weapon, pointed it at my children and escalated the situation beyond all bounds of decency.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2022/01/25/my-sons-police-gunpoint/6608849001/
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Let's talk about lousy training! And these were even white kids! Qualified immunity is BS

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Reply A rookie cop mistook my sons for gang members and searched them at gunpoint. Where's our justice? (Original post)
Jilly_in_VA Jan 2022 OP
Jim__ Jan 2022 #1
LizBeth Jan 2022 #2
sop Jan 2022 #4
LizBeth Jan 2022 #5
sop Jan 2022 #3
exboyfil Jan 2022 #6
lapucelle Jan 2022 #7

Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Tue Jan 25, 2022, 10:44 AM

1. Police in this country are totally out of control.

Do they need more training? Psychological testing before qualifying for police work? Quick dismissal of any officer who shows signs of being abusive? We definitely need some stronger controls on our police.

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Response to Jim__ (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 25, 2022, 10:52 AM

2. I remember reading during protest, training may be the issue. The way police

are being trained is address all as the enemy thru a certain program. There was a lot of information on the program and the people running it.

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Response to LizBeth (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 25, 2022, 11:03 AM

4. It's called Warrior Training.

Police officers are trained to treat every individual that they interact with as a potential deadly threat.

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Response to sop (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 25, 2022, 11:21 AM

5. Thank you. This. So not a lack of training, but the training itself is the issue.

I am old and just do not retain all the info anymore like I did in the past. I remembered everything read and all conversations, lol. Not happening now. So thank you for stepping in and providing. I value that so.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Tue Jan 25, 2022, 10:57 AM

3. Unfortunately, this is an everyday occurrence in black and brown neighborhoods.

It doesn't always end with the "suspects" walking away unharmed. Nothing's going to change till it happens to a lot more white kids.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Tue Jan 25, 2022, 11:45 AM

6. Any fool with a phone can call 911 and violate the f_k out of our rights

Officers need to be trained to observe before making contact and they sure need a whole lot more than some vague word before drawing their weapons.

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