Scottsdale Cop Who Killed Six People Is Now Training Cops When To Shoot To Kill
August 28, 2015

What could possibly go wrong? Just what we need. Police being trained on when to use their weapons with "pain compliance training" by this guy: Ex-Cop Who Killed Six People Now Teaches Other Officers When to Use Their Guns:

It’s hard to imagine a better cautionary tale about police use of force than that of James Peters, a former Scottsdale police officer who shot and killed six people between 2002 and 2012. But instead of being taught to fresh-faced academy students as an example of what not to do, Peters himself is teaching police departments how and when to use their guns. [...]

As Down and Drought reports, Peters has a long history of misconduct at the Scottsdale Police Department, including at least one incident in which he was reprimanded for unsafe use of his gun. His LinkedIn profile lists responsibilities at VirTra including conducting product demonstrations and “customer training on the use of VirTra products.”

If VirTra’s overseas law enforcement clients want to learn what it’s really like to shoot at someone, they can take comfort in knowing they’ll be working with an ex-cop who has unparalleled experience with the subject.

Here's more from the article they quoted at Down and Drought: The Scottsdale police officer who killed six is now training cops when to shoot to kill :

Disgraced Scottsdale police officer James Peters works as a pitch man for Tempe based police shooting simulator VirTra Systems, selling the simulator to police and military alike

Down and Drought has learned that VirTra Systems, Inc., a Tempe company that produces a shooting simulator used for law enforcement and military training, employs former Scottsdale police officer James Peters who resigned from the department amid controversy in 2012 following revelations that he had tallied six fatal shootings during his twelve year career.

James Peters was cleared in his final fatal shooting, that of John Loxas, an unarmed man carrying his grandchild when Peters shot and killed him. The incident ignited anti-police protests and debate around this officer who had killed so many, and resulted in the city paying out a $4.25 million dollar settlement to the Loxas family. In the summer of 2012, Peters took an early retirement from the city, and effectively dropped out of sight. But while he was no longer a police officer he continued to work alongside law enforcement in the private sector.

VirTra Systems was a perfect place for the former officer to put his unique skills to use. The company offers some of the most realistic simulations for small arms training by police and military. VirTra's top product is their V-300 shooting simulator, an immersive experience in which trainees are nearly surrounded by five screens displaying a 300-degree scenario in which the trainee must choose when and how to use deadly force. The V-300 blasts sound at the trainee as well. Describing the experience, VirTra's website says the "audio system provides over 2,000 watts of audio, and transducers mean simulated sounds feel real and adrenal is felt during training."

And if the adrenaline isn't pumping from the simulation alone, the V-300 has an added factor to direct officers to fire on the virtual suspects in the scenario: electrodes from the "Threat-Fire" device are also connected to the trainee to shock them, or as the company explains "to simulate them being injured" during a virtual gun battle. Another explanation for the electrodes is that they are behavior forming, providing a shock when the officer is virtually "shot" during the exercise, an outcome that results when the trainee does not fire at the simulation first. Read on...


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