How N.J.'s most dangerous city is trying to stop police shootings

CAMDEN — It was the middle of the night when Camden County Police Lt. Kevin Lutz got a text from one of the officers he trained.

It wasn’t an emergency. The officer just texted because he was excited: He and another cop had talked an emotionally disturbed woman into dropping a knife she was wielding, and got her help.

“He said, ‘it was textbook,” Lutz recalled. “You would have been proud.'”

Lutz was proud. Not just because the officers, as they’re trained to, found other options to deadly force when facing an armed, unstable individual. But also because they take pride in the successes they have in doing …read more

Source: Camden

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