What This Former Cop Turned Pastor Said About Using Deadly Force

Pastor Charles Winston McNeil discussed his experience as a police officer in Washington, D.C. to help us better understand the reforms needed.

Check Also

WATCH: What is CURE’s National Policy Summit All About?


  1. Pastor Charles Winston McNeil is a wise man. I was trained that the three things a law enforcement officer needed to be successful was common sense, compassion and a sense of humor. All of them are equally important, but the sense of humor will keep you out of trouble and make you much more popular with the public you serve. In addition when someone is laughing they cannot attack you!

  2. I can comment on the use of deadly force as it was trained in my old job as a Security Specialist in the Air Force. In the military they drill into you that if you pull your weapon you better be able to back that decision up with the circumstances.

    From his comments I can understand why he is no longer in that job. If you second guess someone else using what could be deadly force on another person or yourself you don’t belong it that job. I’m glad he is not. That is the split second decisions that are made in that career if you want to go home to your family at the end of the night.

    If you can talk someone down and de-escalate a situation then by all means do so BUT if that other individual has the means to end your life or another with a pull of the trigger you better be able to make that decision. I don’t feel he could.