ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Alleged excessive force and police brutality has become a widely debated topic as yet another police scandal hits closer to home.
In situations like the recent Mckinney pool party caught on tape, we wanted to find out the protocol our own East Texas law enforcement is trained to take.
"The threat of using force will possibly keep the other person from using more force," said Angelina County Sheriff's Office's Captain Lenderman. "In other words, like who's got the biggest stick."
Lenderman says a police officer reaches for their gun in instances of the deadly threat.
"Any time you point something at someone that could cause death, there's a lot of responsibility with it, so you don't want to use that unless you have to," said Lenderman. "A lot of times that is why we like to go with something less than lethal, like pepper spray."
But how do our East Texas officers determine what is threatening?
"Like I always say, the hair stands up on the back of your neck," Lenderman said. "A lot of stuff is basic instincts. When you're body feels it's being threatened."
Lenderman explains that the foundation of his training lies in a protocol as simple as the golden rule.
"That's a two way street. If you want respect you've got to give respect, and hopefully most of the area we have here the officers give respect and get respect back," said Lenderman.