A self described “Progressive Baptist Preacher, Civil Rights Campaigner, and Radical Political Activist” had an eye-opening experience when he filled the shoes of police officers and saw what they go through in day-to-day operations.
Reverand Jarrett Maupin, who has been a vocal opponent of law enforcement, most recently leading civil rights protests in Arizona against the killing of Rumain Brisbon, had his mind changed and acquired a much greater respect for police officers after going through three scenarios where he played an officer.
Bearing Arms breaks down the three scenarios.
“In the first scenario, the actor was able to shoot and “kill” Maupin before the the Reverend got his gun out of the holster, even though he’d had his hand on the butt of his gun from the start.
In the second scenario, where Maupin portrayed an officer arriving to break up a confrontation between two unarmed men, on of the two unarmed men started walking aggressively towards him, refusing commands to stop.
As the man continues walking toward him and closes to within feet of him, the civil rights activist who protested police officers for shooting the unarmed Brison, opened fire.
In the third scenario, Maupin was an arresting officer with a suspect on the ground that he was attempting to search, where the suspect refused to give him his hands. Maupin does not shoot. It is later revealed that the suspect has a large knife hidden in his waistband.”
Maupin never understood the importance of listening to officers. He did not understand how most scenarios unfold in seconds and not minutes.
“I didn’t understand how important compliance was,” he said. “But after going through this, yeah, my attitude has changed.”
“This is all unfolding in ten to fifteen seconds… people need to comply with the orders of law enforcement officers for their own safety.”