Police Psychology: Why Protests Occur?
by Gary S. Aumiller, Ph.D. ABPP
The past few days there was rioting in St. Louis. It may have started as a protest but moved quickly to a riot. Riot [RAHY uh t} – a violent disturbance of the peace by a crowd. The subject was a judge’s decision of not-guilty for a cop that shot the driver of a car who led the cop on a high-speed chase. “He killed him because he was black!” “The gun in the back seat of the car wasn’t his.” A $900,000 settlement was made with the family by the city prior to the trial. The officer had said we’re going to “kill this motherfucker” on the car cam prior to the stop. The driver had all the marking of being a heroin dealer and had some drugs in the car. The judge just didn’t see evidence beyond a reasonable doubt for the cop being called a murderer.
At Georgia Tech University, a campus cop shot and killed a student who was wielding a knife and refused to drop it. Cops say she went closer and closer to the officers yelling “kill me.” The cop eventually shot her. This was after a 9-1-1 call when someone complained about an intoxicated person with a weapon. The female student was non-binary (identifying with neither sex) and had attempted suicide earlier. Protests are under way at this writing. (more…)