I take it back; this isn’t a series about police training alone, but about all of it, since it’s all so interconnected.
The first thing that should change in American police policy, in my opinion, is allowing officers to use lethal force any time they feel threatened.
Considering how much firearm use is emphasized in the training, why can’t the policy be that they can aim for the shoulder or the legs if they feel that shooting is the only way to prevent further danger? The notion that any time someone reaches in their pocket, officers can empty their clips into the person is just ridiculous.
I would suggest that an officer can use lethal force only if a person is actually aiming a gun straight at them, or at least in the process of aiming it at them. Otherwise it should be possible to stop someone by shooting their arm or leg, at least long enough to then overpower them by other means and put them in handcuffs.
Whenever a police officer uses his gun, there should be an investigation later to see if that was his only option in the situation. The notion that we shouldn’t question an officer afterward because it will make them think twice before shooting next time is absurd. We should do exactly that.
Racism within the police is hard to combat, as is their general attitude of being in attack mode in any and all interactions with the public instead of treating people with common decency, but if the police don’t have this rather open license to kill, at least it would save some lives. That would be a beginning.