The Philadelphia Police Department often fails to properly train officers from the very start, according to the 174-page report. Recruits don’t get adequate training on how to de-escalate confrontations. Officers don’t receive regular training on use of force, and their existing annual requirements don’t cover threat perception, decision-making, de-escalation, and defensive tactics.
Field training is so inadequate, the Justice Department found, that “recruits can be thrown into situations where their only guidance comes from their rookie partner.”
Forty-nine percent of shootings of unarmed suspects were due to cops misidentifying a suspect as armed. The report found black suspects were more likely than their white counterparts to be perceived as a threat when they were unarmed. But Hispanic and black officers were more likely than white officers to wrongly deem an unarmed black suspect a threat, according to the report.