ABQ psychologist weighs in on rash of shootings

Posted at: 10/29/2013 6:18 PM
By: Kim Tobin, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The rash of police-involved shootings over the past week in New Mexico can be very disturbing for people who have seen it unravel and those who watch the news. An Albuquerque psychologist said it's very important to remember how that these violent acts are very rare.

"It's very scary," said one woman we spoke with. "It really disturbs me that all these shootings are happening."

"When you have a group of them happen, you might think, 'Well this is the way things are going to be and this is a trend'" said Doctor William Foote, PhD.

Foote is a psychologist and says it's very important to remember these types of violent acts are very rare.

"It's just like when you're rolling dice at a casino," said Foote. "Sometimes you're going to roll three snake eyes in a row. That's just the way that they fall out sometimes."

According to a recent report by the FBI, in 2012, 48 law enforcement officers were killed on duty in the United States. Eight of them occurred in the west.

What worries Foote is copy cats seeing the violence and the gunman's name repeated over and over.

"These people have gained this notoriety, who feel insignificant and powerless in their own lives, and seek to make a mark by getting themselves on the news," Foote said.

As for day-to-day activities, Foote says for people who are frightened, or feeling helpless, it's a good to keep in mind that the system is working.

"In spite of that fact that there were shots fired on the streets of Albuquerque, the police intervened and the police did their job very well," Foote said.