Police Psychology: Stop the Murder!
by Dr. Gary S. Aumiller
Enough is enough! In fourteen days, there has been a wholesale killing of people in a concert in Manchester, at a tourist site in England, and a guy with a hammer attacking people in Paris, in the shadow of the Cathedral of Notre Dame. My wife said after the second attack that our 10-year old will never be able to visit Europe like we did without thinking about danger. She’s at the age where she would be at an Ariana Grande concert and we would have taken her there. And we certainly have been on the London Bridge when we were in London and at the Basilica when we were in Paris. These sites are only about 200 miles apart. It’s like 3 attacks from New York to Baltimore, or San Francisco to Fresno, or Miami to Orlando. How do we Stop the Murder!
Obviously, allowing Sharia courts of law (the UK has at least 85) and setting up their own government is not going to help terrorism. Allowing open borders doesn’t seem to help terrorism, circa 2017. And constantly repeating statements like “we are all immigrants” does not help terrorism. What is the secret, and where do we go from here? I mean other groups have assimilated into American culture. I can’t remember a story about an Amish person killing people or knocking down a building. The European Jews, Chinese, French, and Italians seem to have assimilated well, sometimes even into their own separate neighborhoods. As far as home grown, Mormon religions are non-violent, as are the Jehovah’s Witness. They may be annoying proselytizers, but really we can shut a door on them without worrying about being blown up. What is the difference and can police psychology help us understand how to handle this new terrorism better? (more…)