I don't know much about police training, but I can't help but wonder how different things would be if police were not only trained physically, but also mentally with mindfulness skills. What if instead of bigger guns and brute force police were trained to first have greater situational and personal awareness during stressful situations? If they knew how to slow down their heart rates, emotionally regulate and be present during acute stress?
To comfort myself this morning, I’ve been turning away from the violent images and instead reading about ideas like this. And while there seems to be a lot of pushback to not “hug-a-thug” (come on, people), mindfulness in policing does seem to make a difference in police-citizen encounters.