'Red Teaming' the cop killer
Getting “inside the mind” of those who wish to do police officers harm can be an extraordinary tool to help cops win the fight when a cop killer crosses our path
Let’s pretend for the next few moments that I am a cop killer. What is your preconceived perception of what I (the person who wants to assault or kill you) look like? Is it a person with raggedy closes, long hair, and a ratty looking beard who comes from the poor side of town? Or is it a Charley Manson lookalike you have in mind? Do you perceive the one who will assault or kill you if given the opportunity by only my size and physical characteristics? Have you ever given any thought to the cop-killer’s mindset — that which makes me tick? Have you thought about why on most occasions I will avoid you, the cop? But if cornered or about to be taken off the street and put into jail, I will do everything in my power to remain free. That “everything” includes assaulting or killing you if necessary.
You see, Mr. Policeman, long before I met you I had made the decision that I will not go... I will not be arrested... and you will not stop me.
The fact is, we cop killers come in all shapes, sizes, colors and socioeconomic backgrounds. But we cop killers do have some things in common the cop should be aware of, apply to his knowledge base and then develop the skill set to observe, orient ,decide and act accordingly when the cop, offender and circumstances encounter on the street.
A 26-year-old Male?
In many cases, the cop killer suffered from physical and psychological abuse. I learned to solve problems by using arguing, shouting, or physical violence. It seemed to work so I began to refine my techniques and I have used them often on the street. I learned to commit crimes and take advantage of the justice system early on as a child because the significant others in my life had been involved in criminal activity. I have learned my craft from the experienced criminal and someone I admired and cared about. This way of life feels right to me because it’s what I know. It’s how I live! You should remember this!
I have committed a variety of crimes. Some of those crimes are murder, rape, sexual assaults, robbery and burglary, as well as weapons violations. But us cop killers are not always participating in violent serious crime. Many of us participate in low-level crimes such as larceny and theft, vandalism, disorderly conduct. Many of us also abuse alcohol or drugs, making us even more unpredictable when you encountered by you. In fact, the vast majority of us (75 percent!) are involved in drugs.
An Unemployed Veteran?
I learned from direct experience that crime pays, until you get caught! I do not want to get caught, so, I learned to deceive you and how to fight if my deception fails. This is how I adapted and got what I wanted out of life and you are not about to take that from me. Do you understand?
We need to train smart and hard to create and nurture the proper mindset and fight complacency. Understanding the deadly mix of officer, offender, and the circumstances you find yourself in are the keys to your winning on the street. You must strive to understand more about every call, every incident, and every encounter as these three components converge as they greatly influence each event. Your alertness and ability to adapt to the situation and altering just one of these components may prevent the cop killer by disrupting his decision making cycle (OODA Loop), enhancing yours. The alternative is too high a price to pay.
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