Originally Posted by suited
Are you under the impression that current LEO training encourages shooting suspects when it's "not anywhere near a necessity"?
There's actually a lot of ways that police training, protocol, and culture leads to unnecessary shootings.
Good discussion about this:
The author (a former cop) makes the point that cops receive training that highlights the need for vigilance, to avoid threats from the community. The problem is that it grossly overstates their actual risk, and leads to them thinking that their community is hostile territory. So it makes them twitchy, especially younger and less seasoned cops. If you genuinely think the community is likely to try to hurt you, suddenly that 14 year old with an Airsoft gun is processed automatically as a real threat first and you may end up shooting him rather than taking a pretty minor risk and investigating the situation.
There's also the culture of demanding and expecting instant compliance. One of the take home points from a lot of these police incident videos is that ANY hesitancy constitutes resisting. If you're not particularly enthusiastic about getting tossed to the ground and cuffed, you are resisting, and that will prompt force. They're not going to talk to you and try to convince you to cooperate.
Couple other things I've mentioned before in this thread:
Engaging suspects much more closely than necessary. Suicide by cop is a good example, and an almost uniquely American issue. Our policies force cops to engage "dangerous" suspects, and the situation escalates inevitably until the suspect is killed. In the suicide by cop cases, it's usually known that the suspect isn't a real threat to anyone else, they just do enough to force the issue. In non-suicide situations (esp. with other mentally ill types), the danger is created when the police swarm in and escalate the tension of the situation.
No-knock raids, and paramilitary style raids in general. These are used WAY more often than they used to, and far more often than necessary. Lots of negative consequences here (more militarized police force), but it absolutely results in more accidental shootings because you're forcing snap decisions in a very stressful and automatically violence situation.