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People in Billings need to start holding the Billings Police Department accountable for their actions. I know many people have had good experiences with Billings police officers, but the department as a whole is not exempt from using excess violence, especially against minorities. I am a veteran of the U.S. Army and I served in Iraq from 2009 to 2010. We had proper escalation of force measures that would prevent these kinds of unnecessary deaths from happening, if we were to ever be presented with such a scenario. Our escalation of force due to the rules of engagement were what we called the Five S's: shout, show, shove, shoot a warning shot, shoot to disable (if absolutely necessary, shoot to kill, depending on the situation). Nationwide, officers have been going straight for the kill (especially in the cases of Philando Castile and Tamir Rice) without utilizing effective escalation of force measures. When I was in Iraq, if any soldier got away with these killings we see on a constant basis, then they would likely be imprisoned in Leavenworth. Our police officers, need not to be militarized like we are storming the border and heading for Baghdad at the advent of Operation Iraqi Freedom; this is the United States.

William Neville

Bozeman

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