Police expert speaks about prevalence of officer-involved shootings

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — With many recent deadly officer-involved shootings in the Bay Area, many might be wondering whether there are more incidents of such shootings.

KRON4’s Justine Waldman spoke to a police expert Tuesday about the issue.

The constant crime scene tape and police chiefs defending officers’ actions is becoming all too often. Deadly police shootings have plagued Sunnyvale, San Jose, and Oakland all just this month.

Anthony Ribera is a former San Francisco police chief. He explained how an officer reacts to deadly situations. And it takes practice and commitment.

“Police are not quarterbacks who look at plays,” Ribera said. “It has to be a natural reaction, and hopefully that reaction is minimizing violence.”

Ribera said police could possibly be on-edge after a string of shootings. He also said police feel fear after the death of a fellow officer.

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