Quanell X, the head of Houston’s New Black Panthers, took police in Missouri up on their offer to experience life-and-death force-on-force training scenarios similar to what police officers deal with on a daily basis. “X” has been a life-long critic of the police and their use of force in Houston.
Police in Arizona recently offered similar training to a local “activist” to great success in educating a police critic on how the real world works when it comes to police interacting with potential suspects.
Like the case in Arizona, Quanell X acknowledged that his eyes were opened by the experience.
HOUSTON (KHOU) – Quanell X is known in Houston for taking to the streets in protest when there is a police-related shooting. So we wanted to know how he would react if he were to go through the same life-and-death training scenarios that police use.
We followed him through training to see if it would change his mind about the dangers officers face every day.
…A video simulation held more surprises, a disturbed man holding a baby charged with a knife, while Quanell tried to use his Taser on him.
“At what point did you actually see the knife?” KHOU 11 News Reporter Alice Barr asked. Quanell answered, “To be honest with you, I never saw the knife. I never saw the knife, but I saw him come out of his pocket with something like this. If he would have pulled a lollypop out of his pocket, the same way he just did, I still would have used force to stop him and then somebody could have said well all he had was a lollipop, but you don’t know when it’s happening so fast like that.”
What did he learn from his experience?
He’ll walk away, calling for people to comply with police.
“Please brothers and sisters, if they tell you to do something, do it,” said Quanell. “When the suspect started being combative or argumentative, I want to pull my gun.”