Officers must learn nonlethal tactics

A recent shooting at the Georgia Institute of Technology is just another case where officials used excessive force in an instance where it was uncalled for and not needed. Campus police shot Scout Schultz, who later died at the hospital.

The Schultz’s family attorney stated that Schultz was experiencing a mental breakdown when encountering campus police. Surrounded by four officers, Schultz was yelling at the officers to shoot, and they eventually did. It was revealed that Schultz had a multipurpose tool that contained a knife, but no firearm.

Schultz had submitted a report to campus police that stated there was a suspicious person on campus. The suspicious person Schultz was referring to was themself. Schultz also left three suicide notes.

Campus police are not going through proper training to handle difficult situations at hand. The use of a gun should be a last resort, not a first instinct. When officers resort to shooting, not only are they putting the receiver of the shot in danger, but also anyone within range. Colleges and universities are giving too much freedom and leniency to officers rather than preparing them properly.