Mayor Bans Police From Attending 'Warrior-Style' Training

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has banned the city’s police force from attending “fear-based, warrior-style” seminars.

Minneapolis, MN – Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has banned the city’s police force from participating in “fear-based, warrior-style” trainings, whether they are on or off duty.

Frey announced the prohibition during his State of the City address on Thursday, and boasted that Minneapolis is the first city in the country to completely ban such training for police officers, the Star Tribune reported.

Warrior-style trainings teach students to remain vigilant about their surroundings in order to identify and quickly react to potential threats to their lives and the lives of others.

Such trainings encourage officers to act decisively, and places a high value on officer survival above all else.

“When you’re conditioned to believe that every person encountered poses a threat to your existence, you simply cannot be expected to build meaningful relationships with those same people,” Frey said, according to WCCO. “What fear-based training teaches is not inherent to the human psyche. It’s learned.”

Effective immediately, Minneapolis officers can no longer participate in so-called “fear-based training,” even on their own time, Frey declared.

“Chief Medaria Arradondo’s police department rests on trust, accountability and professional service,” he continued, according to the Star Tribune. “Whereas fear-based, warrior-style trainings like killology are in direct conflict with everything that our chief and I stand for in our police department.”

“Fear-based trainings violate the values at the very heart of community policing,” he alleged.

In addition to the ban, the city’s police officers will now be required to ask permission from department administrators before they attend any de-escalation or use-of-force trainings not conducted by the department, WCCO reported.

Critics began decrying “warrior” trainings in the wake of the justified officer-involved shooting of Philando Castile, who was fatally shot by now-former St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez as he reached for a gun during a traffic stop in 2016.

Officer Yanez told him several times not to reach for it, not to "pull it out,” dashcam footage showed.

Castile told Officer Yanez, "I don't have to reach for it," and reached in the area where the gun was, despite multiple commands not to.

Officer Yanez shot Castile after he ignored orders and reached towards his gun.

A jury acquitted Officer Yanez of all charges involving the shooting of Castile after 27 hours of deliberation. Shortly afterward, the city of St. Anthony announced that Officer Yanez would never be allowed to return to work.

“The City of St. Anthony has concluded that the public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city. The city intends to offer Officer Yanez a voluntary separation agreement to help him transition to another career other than being a St. Anthony officer,” the city said in a statement after the acquittal.

Police sources in the area told Blue Lives Matter that Officer Yanez agreed to resign after he learned that the department wouldn't allow him to return to work.

Officer Yanez attended a two-day seminar, “Bulletproof Warrior,” two years before the altercation with Castile, The New York Times reported.

The training focused on de-escalation techniques, as well as survival skills.

Students learned about “pre-attack indicators,” and the “anatomy of force incidents,” as well as “combat efficiency” and “perceptual distortions in combat,” The New York Times reported.

Critics also blasted instructors for showing actual clips of officers being attacked and wounded.

“Courses like this reinforce the thinking that everyone is out to get police officers,” Police Executive Research Forum executive director Chuck Wexler said dismissively. “This teaches officers, ‘If you hesitate, you could lose your life.’ It is the exact opposite of the way many police chiefs are going.”

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Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

another Obama wanna-bee, Hating cops is NEVER a good thing,,,EVER!!!!

merlin9
merlin9

They just need to stop answering calls

Benji 4
Benji 4

Glad to be retired. What will the Mayor say when a rookie cop hesitates and gets killed? He will say nothing like every other bleeding heart liberal politician...

JBo
JBo

The snowflake academy will fill the gap for the mayor.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

This douchebag can’t dictate what training a cop goes to off duty. They can take whatever training they want if they pay for it, silly fucking snowflake. Does he think he can dictate what training manuals they read, training videos they watch. What a complete dumb fuck.

Snowdog
Snowdog

Sounds like a very clear 1st amendment violation.

Phillik
Phillik

Too bad you couldn’t put the Mayor through Force on Force training or Judgemental scenarios (shoot/don’t shoot), and see how the snowflake comes out. They put some journalists through the training and they changed their perspective.

stevehar
stevehar

This is complete B.S.! Hey, Minneapolis police, if they aren't going to cover your back why cover theirs? Find a community who will let you train to live as well as train to protect. Fuck 'em.

Buffrat
Buffrat

I am a former officer and the father of two current officers in a large urban environment area and if they were told they couldn't take training that could one day save their lives, and consequently were killed in the line of duty, the Mayor and in this case cowardly Chief would pay a price they can not comprehend.

Mike bass
Mike bass

MUSLIMAPPOLIS....THAT CITY IS LOST....

Cowboycop22
Cowboycop22

That dumb $@@ mayor needs to go on some ride alongs. Every encounter the officer runs into on a daily basis can be life threatening. The one time the officer lets his guard down because he thinks this is a routine traffic stop he’s gonna lose his life because some doped up lunatic don’t wanna get a seatbelt ticket. I think this pathetic excuse for a mayor needs to start living in the real world. God forbid an officer gets injured on his watch. If so he should be held completely responsible for taking away the tools they need to go home safely every day. At the very least he should lose his office. God knows he may hurt himself if he try’s a little critical thinking.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

@Snowdog Minnesota is an employment "at will" state. An employee can quit for any reason; an employer can fire any employee for any reason as long as that reason is not illegal, such as discrimination based on race, creed, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or marital status.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

The mayor announced that police officers are encouraged to take safe space training and have department issued support gerbils.

LEO0301
LEO0301

The message many of these liberal enclaves send is that police officers are expendable. They make dumb decisions that put their lives at risk and the public rejoices. Some of these cities are like shit in the toilet just before the flush.

trainbuff
trainbuff

So basically, all they're really looking for are pussy policemen who are willing to be targeted as victims.

You make a right call and still lose your job because of a "Warrior Seminar". Hell, they wouldn't want me then, I'm a Vietnam veteran who attended a real warrior seminar and still follow up with them at home!

If an officer is going to survive the streets, he/she better have this kind of mentality or they're as good as dead.

Dfc3166
Dfc3166

It boils down to one simple thing, Mayor, you're simply a POS human being. I hope you run into someone that you aren't paying attention to their actions and they beat the crap out you. You'd deserve it!

Michael Bryant
Michael Bryant

.look for another job with another department... Go to work a better paying job but keep it quite until you have the job for sure. The whole department needs to drop working there after finding a new job....The just let water and sewer start patrolling. Week kneed not so chief should hold the door open for the mayor and both leave. Place has sucked for years... They need more illegals immigrants sent to them...ASSP.

Ihatecreatingusernam
Ihatecreatingusernam

OCPD is hiring. We are also now accepting lateral transfers from other agencies. Pay is great and retirement is good. 8 days on and 6 days off. Cost of living is low too.

Njaz
Njaz

When all is said & done. The leftist will find they're the losers. When they find out they've been used as pawns in a game bigger than their intellect could conceive. Sad for them - life changing for the rest of us.

bob95648
bob95648

Back in my day we called them Social Workers with Guns and Badges. Nobody wanted to work with them because they could get you killed. This is what happens when we rename hookers and drug dealers into victims.

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Stanracer
Stanracer

With the present war on the police going on, this is exactly the type of training officers need. Banning it is just one more step toward a dystopian society. Politicians are idiots.

bg20526
bg20526

The entire Minneapolis P.D. should all look for lateral transfers and leave all at the same time.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

What right does an elected Mayor have to attempt to control the private lives of city employees on their own time? I can forsee some real legal problems with this there is this old ragged document called the Constitution with something called The First Amendment. Many officers years ago attended Street Survival Training conducted all over the country. Next thing you know the mayor will be telling the city employees what magazines they can read, TV shows they can watch, internet sites they can visit, organizations they can be members of and what they can eat and drink. This is ridiculous! I hope they get a lawyer and take him to the mat!

NFPD103
NFPD103

Police Executive Research Forum executive director Chuck Wexler said dismissively. “This teaches officers, ‘If you hesitate, you could lose your life.’ It is the exact opposite of the way many police chiefs are going.” This is a dangerous statement coming from a desk Jocky with a Ph.D. who's employment is based on the fear of police and stoking the flames of that fear and letting the current Political Winds blowing at the time drive the day to day policy and operation of the departments. He will build a policy you want for your current Political climate. These social workers with guns have worked their way into leadership positions because they bend to political winds no matter what direction they blow. if This expert, in theory, is that good then make him the Chief let him run the police department, take his great ideas and make the department in his image and let's see what he can produce. besides police funerals and tons of workmen's comp claims. Since he took the lead at PERF in 1993, the organization has become a globally Political organization. he yearns for the ways of European policing bobbies on every street corner with their whistles.

WestJeffGary
WestJeffGary

Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.