What police officers are trained for PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 August 2017 13:46

By Remedios F. Marmoleño

Donald Trump recently  gave a talk to members of the New York City Police and his carelessly chosen words, which some found disturbing as these seemed to incite  the police to brutal treatment of people being arrested,  led to a blog from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

The blog “explained  that officers are trained to treat all individuals with dignity and respect ” and that “this is the bedrock principle behind the concepts of procedural justice and police legitimacy”.

The IACP further explained:

Managing use of force is one of the most difficult challenges faced by law enforcement agencies. The ability of law enforcement officers to enforce the law, protect the public, and guard their own safety, the safety of innocent bystanders, and even those suspected or apprehended for criminal activity is very challenging. For these reasons, law enforcement agencies develop policies and procedures, as well as conduct extensive training, to ensure that any use of force is carefully applied and objectively reasonable considering the situation confronted by the officers.

Reading these statements with the information at the back of my head of the Parojinog family killings in Ozamiz made me wonder if our own PNP has a different set of principles instilled in the police in their training. This kind of thing is not the first time this has happened in the conduct of the war on illegal drugs. The Marvin Marcos case in the killing of Albuera Mayor Espinosa is one specific example.

Even if we give  the government the benefit of the doubt as to the involvement of  the Parojinog family in the illegal drug trade, can the police impose judgement and punishment on their own? What does our judiciary say about the incident? What is the stand of the IBP?

If indeed the family fought back and resisted the police team that came to arrest them, I find it simply unbelievable that the score settled at 15 Parojinog and 0 PNP. One doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to question this.

So how do we explain this incident to ordinary folks like you and me?

If I raise these questions it should not be construed that I have a soft spot in my heart for those in the drug trade. Rather I am keenly aware of  the need for the citizenry and the police to have respect vis-à-vis each other. And respect is not bred in the citizens when they doubt the veracity of the police when they explain such an incident as the Parojinog family killing in Ozamiz. The citizens are more likely to say “I wasn’t born yesterday.”