The Dark Side of the Room


If you are a cadet in training with the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy, good news! On October 24, you are welcome to attend a seminar titled “OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING – YOU CAN WIN WITH THE MEDIA”.

No, really. This is an actual thing. The course was first flagged on Twitter by Shaun King.

“The shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer on August 9th in Ferguson, Missouri and the events that followed were tragic,” reads the flyer announcing the seminar. “In addition to the Ferguson case study, this fast-paced class is jam-packed with the essential strategies and tactics, skills and techniques that will help you WIN WITH THE MEDIA!”

So. Students of the profession of policing in St. Louis are invited to a seminar, the advertisement for which devotes one (1) sentence to the tragedy that was the multi-round shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown at the hands of a white Ferguson police officer, but only after announcing in block letters that the key aspect of the seminar won’t be, “DON’T SHOOT UNARMED KIDS,” but rather how to “WIN WITH THE MEDIA!”

It goes on:

"It is practical training,” continues the flyer, “not theoretical: Take what you learn and put it to work for you on the street right away! The training is also highly entertaining: numerous video clips illustrate key points, and there is NO Power Point!”

Highly entertaining! No Power Point! Never mind all that guff about not shooting black kids! WIN WITH THE MEDIA WITHOUT POWER POINT AND BE HIGHLY ENTERTAINED!

pardon my goddamn French, but exactly what the fuck is this shit