Activist critical of police has attitude change after police force scenarios

An activist in Arizona who made a name for himself for protesting police force saw first hand what it's like on the other side of the badge.

Jarret Maupin has been extremely vocal during protests in Phoenix and even led marches on the Phoenix Police headquarters after officers shot an unarmed man who reportedly fought with them, according to FOX 10 in Phoenix. Last week, he agreed to go through a force-on-force training with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and went through three scenarios where you have to decide to shoot or not to shoot.

The first scenario is a man casing cars in a parking lot. According to FOX 10, Maupin walked up to the 'man' and started asking questions. The suspect in the drill then shot Maupin, who was asking him what kind of car he drove. 

"When he came to the back of the vehicle and started hiding, I could sense something was wrong," Jarrett Maupin told FOX 10.

The next scenario was a call of two men fighting. Maupin interjected and asked the two what they were doing. Then he fired at the suspect in the scenario. FOX 10 asked him why.

"Hey, he rushed me... I shot because he was in that zone, I didn't see him armed, he came clearly to do some harm to my person," said Maupin. "It's hard to make that call; it shakes you up."

The final scenario was a call about a possible burglar walking down the street. Maupin gets him on the ground but the suspect would not comply. 

"I need you to keep your hands up sir, I need to check that's in the waistband," he said. 

During this scenario, there were no shots fired, but the suspect did have a knife in his waistband. 

A FOX 10 reporter went through the same drills, without knowing Maupin's results. He had the same outcomes.

FOX 10 asked Maupin what his biggest take-away from the exercise will be. "I didn't understand how important compliance was, but after going through this; yes my attitude has changed, this happens in 10-15 seconds. People need to comply for their own sake," said Maupin.


More information and more video from the training scenarios is available at www.fox10phoenix.com.

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