The Warrior v. the Guardian
Some interesting insight on the McKinney pool party confrontation: A Former Cop On What Went Wrong In McKinney
The two officers in this brief video represent two different policing styles, two different mindsets that officers use as they interact with civilians: the Guardian and the Warrior. As a former police officer and current policing scholar, I know that an officer’s mindset has tremendous impact on police/civilian encounters…suffice to say that the right mindset can de-escalate tense situations, induce compliance, and increase community trust over the long-term.
The wrong mindset, on the other hand, can exacerbate a tense encounter, produce resistance, and lead to entirely avoidable violence. It can, and has, caused longterm damage to police/community relations.
Indeed, one can link the wrong mindset in question to a number of recent problematic police-civilian encounters across the nation in recent times.