In the line of fire
Houston area Black Panther leader, Quanell X, is changing his tune after training with the Missouri City Police Department.
Quanell X is Houston’s own personal Al Sharpton. Wherever an incident can be construed as race-related, Quanell X is there with his activists, rambling to local news crews about the violence inherent in the system.
Or at least he was before what appears to be a sincerely eye-opening experience.
Recently, Quanell agreed to train with the Missouri City Police Department, located in a suburb of Houston. The experience dramatically altered Quanell’s perception.
“Wow. Damn,” he said, after unloading countless paintball rounds at a mock suspect who was refusing to stand down in a routine traffic stop scenario.
Quanell went through four scenarios where he was required to, “shoot, hold fire, or use his taser,” KHOU News reports.
“Shoot him in the leg? I was very close because he kept coming,” an obviously distressed Quanell said.
Most interesting was Quanell’s response to a distressed man with a baby. In that situation, Quanell chose his taser and explained, “if he would’ve pulled a lollypop out of his pocket the same way he just did, I still would’ve used forced to stop him, and then somebody could’ve said, well all he had was a lollypop. But you don’t know when it’s happening so fast like that.”
KHOU New reported that race was never a consideration for Quanell.
“If I’m in a high crime area that I’ve worked and I know it’s a high crime area and I know the kinda calls we get, I could easily see me pulling my gun on a simple call,” said Quanell.
His takeaway? Always comply with the police.
“Please, brothers and sisters, if they [police] tell you to do something, do it,” he implored, shocked at how many paintball rounds he’d fired throughout the training exercise.
You can watch the KHOU News report here:
Quanell X is not the only community activist to undergo an experiencial dilemma. Arizona’s Reverend Jarrett Maupin shot first and asked questions later when placed in similar trainings.
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