Trump’s Video Game Violence Panel Includes Police Trainer Who Advocates Lethal Violence
President Donald Trump is hosting a panel discussion on violence in video games, which will include a police trainer, David Grossman, who reportedly encourages cops to use lethal violence in real life.
The Washington Post’s Radley Balko tweeted about Grossman:
Grossman is a police trainer who tells cops they should be using *more* lethal force, and that after killing a man, they’ll have the best sex of their lives.
The White House will hear his I’m-sure-it-isn’t-crazy-at-all expertise about video games.https://t.co/too4hos9Yu
— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) March 8, 2018
Balko wrote a 2017 article about Grossman in The Washington Post:
In the class recorded for “Do Not Resist,” Grossman at one point tells his students that the sex they have after they kill another human being will be the best sex of their lives.
The room chuckles. But he’s clearly serious. “Both partners are very invested in some very intense sex,” he says. “There’s not a whole lot of perks that come with this job. You find one, relax and enjoy it.”
Reporter Bryan Schatz also wrote about Grossman’s classes for Mother Jones in 2017:
Marching around the stage in a theater in Lakeport, California, Lt. Colonel Dave Grossmantells his audience that they shouldn’t go out looking for people to kill, because those who need killing—the “gangbangers,” terrorists, and mass murderers—will come to them.
All they need to do is be ready. “Are you prepared to kill somebody?” he asks me and the small group of “armed citizens” who’ve paid $90 or more to see him. “If you cannot answer that question, you should not be carrying a gun.”
…He sports a military haircut. Onstage are two giant easel pads, their legs taped to the floor so that they don’t go crashing down whenever he hits them to punctuate his points. “We fight violence. What do we fight it with? Superior violence. Righteous violence.” Like a preacher, he doesn’t bother with notes …
Peter Robison also wrote about Grossman in 2015 for Bloomberg Businessweek:
Before proceeding, Glennon points to a threat in the back of the room: me. “In 35 years, we have not allowed the press to come into a class,” he says. “The reason is because we don’t trust them.” He says he’s letting me observe because many police chiefs are frustrated no one is advocating for them. They’re tired of being portrayed in the media as racists and unaccountable killers and want a more sympathetic depiction. If my article screws them, he tells the class with a smile, “I’ll fly out to Seattle”—where I live—“and kill him.”