Ferguson Fallout: Can Police Shoot to Kill?

On "This Week," Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly discusses the response in Ferguson and the realities of police officer training and tactics.
4:16 | 11/30/14

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And now, let's turn to what this means for how our nation's police patrol the streets. The officer at the center of this story, Darren Wilson, told George in their exclusive interview that what happened on that night in August was the result of his training. Take a look. You described I guess the fear you were thinking. You thought he was coming after you. Yes. On the street. Was any part of you angry? No. No anger? No, there was no time for anger. Like I said, training took over, it was survival mode. Because some of the witnesses have said they thought you were out of control, that somehow you had snapped. Uh-huh. That would be incorrect. There was never -- the only emotion I ever felt was fear and then it was survival and training. And the training kicked in. The training took over. It didn't just kick in. It took over. And in your training, there was no option in those moments when you were faced with Michael brown but to shoot? Correct. I'm joined now by ray Kelly, former commissioner of the new York City police department and a consultant for ABC news. Commissioner, give me your reaction to officer Wilson resigning. Was that the right thing to do? Well, I think it was the right thing to do for Ferguson and the right thing to do for officer Wilson. I mean realistically he couldn't patrol those streets again. And we'll see if it has any calming effect on the situation, but that remains to be seen. Commissioner Kelly, we're not expecting you to be the spokesman for police across the nation, but you have spent your life as a police officer. What are the lessons learned here? Well, I think it's -- when you say the lessons learned, I would like to sort of separate the incident itself from what happened immediately after the incident, and there are lots of lessons for policing. What people say is this was a major league event happening in a small town. They simply didn't have the resources to cope. They didn't put information out quickly. And that is like rule one. When something happens, you give the public what you have and say, hey, we don't have this, we don't have that. There was a long delay in putting information out. Obviously Michael brown's body laying in the street for four hours was just, no, a mistake and one of the reasons given was the delay for the crime scene unit to respond and took them an hour and 15 minutes. So how do you regain the trust of that community? How do police officers regain that trust? It's going to be difficult, no question about it. I think you need communication, lots of talking and I think they have to diversify the department. I would hope that the justice department is going to contribute or homeland security will contribute some money to this effort, but you can't have a city that is two-thirds african-american policed by a department of 53 police officers where only 3 of them are a minority. It makes no sense and I think it really will refocus law enforcement on the issue of diversity because a department that reflects the city or the municipality that it serves is much easier to police. It's smarter policing to have that type of relationship. I just want you very quickly if you can on training, I know we heard officer Wilson and others say they use deadly force when they're threatened or someone else is threatened. Is there any other way to do that? A 12-year-old boy was shot this week with a very realistic looking fake gun but can you try to disable a suspect instead of killing this em? We're talking about deadly force being used at the officer. Looking at four corners of his statement, that's what he's saying and, again, I know we have the issue with the 12-year-old boy. But the notion that somehow you can shoot to wound just simply, you know, doesn't work. You train police officers to shoot for mass. You train them to shoot to stop. And the only way you can, well, wound somebody or shoot the weapon out of the hands is in the movies. Police only hit their targets 20% of the time. Okay, thanks very much for joining us today, commissioner

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