S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Erika George moderated a discussion on police and community relations with West Valley City Police Chief Lee Russo and John Mejia, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. The discussion focused on modern police training and “slowing things down.”
George, who moderated the discussion, asked whether Russo’s change in terminology would actually result in tactical changes.
“Will it open up more space for not resorting to force?” she asked.
Russo said modern police training “talks about slowing things down; back away as opposed to driving things forward.”
“You have to change your philosophy,” Russo said. “It used to be when I started 30 years ago, the police were gonna win. We showed up, we were in control, we were gonna win. That’s not the mentality today.”