Hot topic: Students debate police shootings

Hot topic: Students debate police shootings

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany State University students are debating police shootings during their annual criminal justice week.

Members of ASU's criminal justice club chose the topic after recent police shootings on unarmed young men led to community protests and violence.

Many of these students plan to pursue careers in become law enforcement.

"So how is it that a cop can feel threatened when his victim has no weapon? Why couldn't he shoot to wound instead of shoot to kill?" asked student Brandi Thompson.

"Officers are trained to do what they do. They are not arriving at a situation looking for an altercation to occur," said student William Thrower.

Albany Police Captain Eddie Jones said he likes the interaction.

"This is a good opportunity for them to sit in here and to talk about it as opposed to doing some of the other things that we see happening across the country," he noted.

Professors said the debate gave the students a good chance to research and study both sides of the issues and prepare for what could be their future jobs.

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