A former Colorado police chief is heading to Ferguson, Missouri.
Dr. Joel Schults will be giving a seminar to Missouri police officers, hoping to develop new strategies to reduce the use of force.
It comes after the deadly shooting and protests that ensued after 18-year-old Michael Brown was gunned down by a Ferguson police officer nearly a week ago.
According to Schults, part of the problem is hatred towards police, which he says is as bad now as it was in the 1960s.
“The internet, the post-Rodney King area, what happens which is what happened in the Ferguson case,” Schults said.
He wrote three books for police officers after he spent decades as a police chief at Adams State College in Alamosa.
“The officers can’t talk, people involved can’t talk, the lawyers tell everybody not to talk, the chief can’t make any frank statements,” he said. “That’s the way the investigation goes.”
Schults is only speaking about general strategy, He hasn’t been involved in the Ferguson police tactics.
But the sounds and video from Ferguson have struck a chord and a new national conversation. It’s focused on whether police departments are overpowered.
Schults doesn’t think so.
“It’s very volatile and very dangerous. Buildings were burned down, it wasn’t just for social justice,” he said.
To restore a trust in law enforcement, he said there has to be a culture change among both protesters and police. Something he wants to focus on next week at the seminar.
“We’re going to talk about how to communicate differently with the public, identify threats much earlier and derail it more effectively,” he said.