“What psychological or psychiatric methods are still being taught police for racial profiling and training police officers. Clearly, what is being used is not working and is adversely impacting—sometimes lethally—not just minorities but also the police.” – Rev. Frederick Shaw
With numerous articles exposing the dangers of “fear-based warrior-training” recently, CCHR’s Task Force Against Racism adds information to its website, calling on police to investigate the link between psychological training and use of unnecessary force.
The Mental Health Industry Watchdog
September 15, 2020
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights International’s Task Force Against Racism & Modern-Day Eugenics launched a new educational page and warning on its website about a psychological training program used by police which may induce rather than reduce violence.
Craig Atkinson, filmmaker and director of the 2016 Tribeca Award-winning documentary, Do Not Resist, believed the decades-old “fear-based,” “warrior training 100 percent has to be put under a microscope and analyzed” and “less people would die.” Four years later, Task Force founder, Rev. Frederick Shaw, a former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy, reiterates this need.
Shaw wants to know: “What psychological or psychiatric methods are still being taught police for racial profiling and training police officers. Clearly, what is being used is not working and is adversely impacting—sometimes lethally—not just minorities but also the police.”
“Fear-based” police officer training was developed by former West Point professor of psychology, the former Lt. Col. Dave Grossman. He invented the term and theory of “killology,” defined as: “the scholarly study of the destructive act.”
Teaching it for more than 20 years, the premise is that police officers are “at war” on the domestic front and need psychological training to become “warriors” to overcome their natural resistance to killing. It “often runs the risk of the use of unnecessary, and sometimes, fatal force,” a Mother Jones article reported in May 2020.
The training teaches officers to be “emotionally” and “psychologically” prepared to kill. If you’re prepared to kill, Grossman said, it’s “just not that big of a deal.” In a 2004 interview with PBS’s Frontline, Grossman said, “The only way to overcome that resistance [to killing] is through operate conditioning, to make killing a condition reflex. And we’ve done that.” 
The July 6, 2016 shooting of a 32-year-old African American man, killed by a Minnesota police officer during a traffic stop, raised the alarm about “warrior” training. The officer had undergone 56 hours of warrior training in 2014. Atkinson called warrior training the “number-one issue” that’s getting people unnecessarily killed by police.
Shaw says that with all police killings, investigations should include whether officers involved were subjected to this type of training. “I am a former law enforcement officer and have been racially profiled for being Black. But not all cops are bad. Most are good, decent people. But we know that racial profiling has been occurring since slavery and eugenics. When this is incorporated into law enforcement training, Black lives can be at serious risk. Police need to know this.”
The Task Force website details the history of behavioral scientists in law enforcement from 1916, when eugenics thrived in the U.S. During the Civil Rights Movement in the sixties, psychologists worked with police agencies following “urban riots.” African Americans marching against racism and injustice were labeled with a mental disorder, “protest psychosis.” The International Journal of Social Psychiatry reported that Blacks developed delusions of grandiosity and “dangerous aggressive dealings” when they joined civil rights sit-ins.
Another leading U.S. police psychologist has come under question, including in a 2015 New York Times article, when his theories were heavily criticized as pseudoscience, “invalid and unreliable.” The Justice Department denounced the psychologist’s findings as “lacking in both foundation and reliability.” Civil rights lawyers say he is selling dangerous ideas. “People die because of this stuff,” said John Burton, a California lawyer.
Another psychologist, Professor of Criminology and Statistics and a police trainer interviewed for Atkinson’s documentary, takes profiling to a whole new frightening level, Shaw said. The professor purports to be able to forecast criminal behavior using statistical/machine learning procedures. He also claims it can be predicted at someone’s birth how likely they are to commit a crime by aged 18.
Shaw said that a recent article in The Trace showed “the very real concerns we should have.” It stated that “the warrior narrative has existed in law enforcement circles for decades,” with thousands of dollars spent “to teach tactics more suited for war than for civil society.” “Racist training and stereotyping and now infant predictions of who will be become a criminal, is Brave New World at its worst,” Shaw added.
“How much of this is psychiatric or psychological-eugenics based is important to know,” Shaw said. “Racism creates a mindset that is hard to penetrate when its perpetrators are unwittingly programmed and convinced—through ‘science’ and ‘authoritative’ training—that what they are doing wrong is ‘right.’ It masks oppression and violence as ‘protection’ and ‘justice.’ This must change, starting with psychological methods of police training being investigated.”
 “One of America’s most popular police trainers is teaching officers how to kill,” Insider, 2 Jun. 2020, https://www.insider.com/bulletproof-dave-grossman-police-trainer-teaching-officers-how-to-kill-2020-6; https://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/archive/award-screening-best-documentary-2016; https://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/archive/award-screening-best-documentary-2016
 Fear-based training for police officers is challenged, Star Tribune, 11 Jul. 2018, https://www.startribune.com/fear-based-training-for-police-officers-is-challenged/487958041/; “The Role of Police Psychology in Controlling Excessive Force,” U.S. Dept. of Justice, National Institute of Justice, Apr. 1994, https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/146206NCJRS.pdf
 “Minneapolis Banned Warrior-Style Police Training. Its Police Union Kept Offering It Anyway,” Mother Jones, 28 May 2020, https://www.motherjones.com/crime-justice/2020/05/bob-kroll-minneapolis-warrior-police-training/
 “One of America’s most popular police trainers is teaching officers how to kill,” Insider, 2 Jun. 2020, https://www.insider.com/bulletproof-dave-grossman-police-trainer-teaching-officers-how-to-kill-2020-6
 Interview, David Grossman, PBS Frontline, https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/heart/interviews/grossman.html
 https://apnews.com/4645f857141943118b5ad6fb57552b3b; https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/philando-castile-case-ex-officer-involved-fatal-shooting-gets-48-n781636
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 “Training Officers to Shoot First, and He Will Answer Questions Later,” New York Times, 2 Aug. 2015, https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/us/training-officers-to-shoot-first-and-he-will-answer-questions-later.html
 “Predicting prison terms and parole,” Downtown News Magazine, 24 Mar. 2020, https://www.downtownpublications.com/single-post/2020/03/24/Predicting-prison-terms-and-parole
 “This Guy Trains Computers to Find Future Criminals: Richard Berk says his algorithms take the bias out of criminal justice. But could they make it worse?” Bloomberg, 18 Jul, 2016, https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-richard-berk-future-crime/
 “The ‘Warrior Cop’ Is a Toxic Mentality. And a Lucrative Industry,” The Trace, 19 June 2020, https://www.thetrace.org/2020/06/warrior-cop-mentality-police-industry/
Reverend Frederick Shaw is the Director of Public Affairs and Spokesperson for the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHR), a more than 50-year mental health industry watchdog. He’s also the President of the NAACP Inglewood-South Bay Branch in California, with a long history of working with NAACP.
He is the President of NAACP Inglewood/South Bay, as well as past President of the Compton Branch of the NAACP, where he was the first President from Compton to be appointed to a California State Chair overseeing “The Children’s Taskforce.” Working in both the Compton and Inglewood-South Bay chapters, he met with many members of the U.S. Congress alongside CCHR International to get the Child Medication Safety Act passed, a federal law which prohibits schools from forcing students to take psychotropic drugs as a requisite for their education. This reinforces parents’ rights to refuse psychiatric drugs for their children and to determine their children’s healthcare needs.
In 2020, Rev. Shaw started a Task Force against Institutional Racism in the Psychiatric Industry, comprising African American attorneys, civil rights advocates, members of the clergy, medical doctors, psychologists and educators. The Task Force reminds African Americans of the mental health industry’s history of stigmatizing minorities—from labeling runaway slaves and civil rights protestors as mentally ill and the use of eugenics (population control that targeted African Americans, sterilizing them) to segregating children in schools and the foster-child-welfare system today and drugging them.
Rev. Shaw is a native of Compton, CA and has worked in Compton for most of his life as a fierce advocate for children and adults in Civic and Human Rights. He has advocated and stressed the importance of education, and the reduction of poverty and drug addiction. His late mother, Marcine Shaw, was a sergeant in the Women’s Army Corp in 1950. For 18 years she was Senior Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisors Kenneth Hahn and Yvonne Brathwaite-Burke and a Compton City Council member for six years and was described as a “foot soldier for human rights.”
- After attending Pepperdine University, he was ordained in Religious Science in 1975.
- Between 1980-1993, Rev. Shaw was a Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy from, which included organizing and implementing the Sheriff’s Youth Athletic League.
- In 1992, he was the co-founder and President of the World Literacy Crusade, an international organization with the purpose of eradicating poverty and hopelessness in the inner cities through education.
- In 2005, The State of the African American Male and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation honored Rev. Shaw as one of their recipients of the MEN WHO CARE AWARD, along with actor Jaime Fox. He received this award for his demonstrated NAACP leadership skills and dedicated persistence to eliminate the drugging of children.
- Rev Shaw co-founded the Basic Life Institute, an organization contracted with the State of California and County of Los Angeles serving at-risk youth from ages 12 – 18 years old. The LA County Board of Supervisors awarded him for his work with foster care children and youth on probation.
- For nearly three decades, Rev. Shaw has worked closely with CCHR International and is now its international spokesman while he also continues to work with NAACP. From these positions, he has:
1. Helped obtain three national Resolutions, two from the NAACP and one from the National Caucus of Black State Legislators that supported children’s rights not to be subjected coercive psychotropic drugs, to stop the psychotropic of foster care children and to prohibit electroshock.
2. He traveled to South Africa in 1997 to attend the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) investigating apartheid crimes where he helped CCHR present evidence to the TRC about the role of psychiatric and psychological racism in introducing and maintaining apartheid, and how Africans were allowed to die from easily treatable medical conditions when locked up in slave labor psychiatric camps during apartheid.
3. In November 2016, he led a march in South Africa against African children being subjected to dangerous psychotropic drugs and protested the World Psychiatric Association congress being held in the country.
4. He has delivered seminars and speeches across the U.S. and is a regular guest on community radio shows and is quoted in press newswires, reaching millions.
5. Rev Shaw also lends his powerful voice in defense of children around the world and continues to lead CCHR marches against the electroshocking of children.
Email him at FShawJr@yahoo.com
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