Yeah, that didn’t work for Philando Castile.
The problem is that police training drills two main concepts into officers’ heads: 1) above all you must go home at night, and 2) everyone is a potential cop killer.
In short, they’re telling these guys that the streets are full of monsters, and then handing them guns and sending them on their way. It’s guaranteed a disaster will happen.
It doesn’t help that training scenarios often reinforce racial stereotypes, such as the shoot/don’t shoot simulator from Remington which features an angry wife-beater-wearing muscular black man chasing a petite blonde white woman with a baseball bat. Great imagery there, isn’t it.
Castile was pulled over because he was black, and then he got shot because cops are trained to assume everyone’s out to kill them. Precedent has been set that all a cop has to do to get away with shooting you at a traffic stop is to claim he was afraid of you.
So yeah, @Bing, I actually agree with you - police are at a heightened level, because they’ve been trained to be afraid of anything that moves. The problem is that such training leads to far too many bad shoots.