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Does Colin Kaepernick Have the Guts to Experience What Cops Do?

Colin Kaepernick, the unemployed quarterback skilled at turning sport into racial politics, should visit the police simulator at the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund -- if he has the guts to test his assumptions. I had a chance to experience the simulator, and Kaepernick might find that the decisions police officers face aren’t so black and white.

Kaepernick has become a darling of political-sports reporters at outlets like ESPN and the Washington Post.  Both have converted their sports brand from providing scores and highlights to now serving up daily heaps of racially charged hostility toward the American justice system.

“If you want a modern example of nakedly racist authoritarianism,” writes Karen Attiah at the Washington Post, “look no further than the National Football League.” Attiah is serious.  She is not being sarcastic.  The Post pays people to write crazy things.

Attiah should also join Kaepernick at the police simulator, but she probably doesn’t have the guts either.

Cops have become the bad guys. At ESPN and the Washington Post, “hands up, don’t shoot” has never been exposed as the lie we now know it was.  America, a nation that sacrificed nearly a million human lives fighting racial injustice in two wars, is, to them, a stew of racial oppression.

To fuel Kaepernick’s victim status at the Washington Post and ESPN, other NFL players are threatening to sit out the season to protest the “injustice” of NFL owners refusing to sign the ex-49'er.  Never mind that the owners have come to the correct conclusion that this small and misguided minority is threatening the NFL’s brand by alienating the majority of Americans.

The simulator Kaepernick will probably never see is a lifelike video arcade, where he could play the role of an officer facing stressful, unpredictable simulations.  Like an airline simulator or the NASA Apollo simulator, the operator can adjust the sim based on your responses and actions.  The sim uses real actors who have filmed multiple potential outcomes.  You are armed with a semi-automatic pistol that recoils hard and fires a laser to gauge your hits or misses.

You also have a non-lethal TASER.  It’s up to you which to use, depending on the situation.

Some reporters who have tried the simulator think it is always wrong for a police officer to shoot someone in the back.

But sometimes you have to.

In one scenario I tried at the simulator, police dispatch radioed to me that a former employee refused to leave the parking lot where he had just been fired from his job at city hall.

Upon arrival, I found the man’s former supervisor standing next to his truck, imploring him to leave the area.  Suddenly, through his pickup's window, I could see the man put a gun to his own head as the supervisor ran back into city hall.