First person: How cops under stress make decision to shoot or not shoot


For this story, I spent a day at the Yakima Police Department with an outside trainer who came in to teach community members about the physiological effects stress has on the body, as pertains to cops in shoot-or-not-shoot situations.

I also got to go through a simulator to see how my own reactions fared in violent, high-stress scenarios. Spoiler alert: I do not have cat-like reflexes.

While the trainings were obviously from the police perspective, they carried valuable reminders to us in the media as we try to make sense of all the recent police shootings.

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