Petitions call on Spokane leaders to cancel seminar led by controversial police trainer

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Two online petitions are calling on Spokane leaders to cancel an upcoming law enforcement seminar led by a controversial police trainer.

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman is the founder of the “Killology Research Group” and refers to his training as “killology” or the psychological study of killing.

Grossman is set to hold one of his seminars this October at the Spokane County Sheriff’s Training Center.

According to a flier, the seminar is intended to train law enforcement officers about the “Winning Mind” and “Bulletproof Mind.” It also says a variety of topics will be discussed, including: What makes someone a “winner?”; why “survival” is minimalistic; and the science of crisis decision making.

In addition to his controversial trainings, Grossman has also authored the book “On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society.” His tactics have come into question over the years, but have surfaced again recently as the world questions and protests the deaths of black men and women at the hands of police officers.

Grossman’s method of training is often referred to as “warrior-style” police training, which has been banned in certain cities. In 2019, killology training was banned in Minneapolis, where George Floyd and Philandro Castille were both killed by police officers.

Now, two online petitions are calling on Spokane leaders to do the same.

“Why would Spokane pay a former soldier to come into our mostly peaceful city to teach our officers how to ‘righteously’ kill? Why is Spokane okay with militarizing our police officer?” one of the petitions states.

The other petition says, “Allowing this training isn’t a simple lapse of judgement. It is representative of the fundamental aggressive tactics that exist in law enforcement culture.”

As of this writing, the two petitions have garnered a combined 2,400 signatures.