Hostage Negotiator Reviews Hostage Scenes from Movies & TV | Vanity Fair

hi I’m Paul Nadeau I spent 31 years on the police department 15 of those years were spent as a hostage negotiator today we’ll be looking at hostage negotiations in television and film this clip is from the television series mind Hunter abide by our terms Mr Miller no thank you hey Cody my name is Holden I’d like to help you the word negotiation itself implies conversation when you have somebody telling you come on outer we’re coming in to get you there’s no opportunity to actually be heard and when a person is in crisis they want to

be understood they want to be validated whatever it is tell me what’s going on I gotta talk to my wife all right the only one I understand for the moment is there anything else we can get you to bring a loved one to the scene that they may be angry with or that they may want as a witness to their suicide is a wrong thing to do we cannot bring people put their lives at risk their mental Wellness at risk today we have mental health specialists who accompany Hostage negotiators to talk to these type of

cases and to consult the hostage negotiator on the scene but way back when we didn’t in this situation the FBI officer did everything right he was

textbook maybe I can help there’s nothing more that he could have done that final decision was made by one person one person only and that was the hostage taker this show really showcases the development and the strides that we’ve come to take in both criminal profiling and hostage negotiations this scene is from the television series Waco oh I’m thinking a week week or so are you telling me that once

you have reduced your version of the the Seven Seals to written form that you and all your people are coming out of there I had no reason to draw this out any longer Gary please answer questions definitively are you coming out as soon as you’re done this series Waco is actually based on actual events in fact Gary’s a friend of mine and we’ve had several conversations about negotiations and about this particular situation the television program is not an accurate account of what happened what we know and what Gary has talked about is that he was

being very successful talking to David koresh and to gaining his cooperation but it was taking a number of days definitively are you coming out as soon as you’re done Gary I’m going to fulfill my commitment to God now if you would allow me to show you what’s been pre-written by the prophets you’ll have a way better understanding of what’s going on in here you don’t negotiate a crisis like that in 24 hours or 48 Hours brainwashing takes a long time to undo when you have a charismatic leader who manages to get people attracted to him

to believe that he is a savior not only do you have to negotiate with the leader of a cult like this you also have to try to get through to his followers to give them a choice to come out whenever they wish and choose okay David well I’m gonna let you get to work because frankly I am eagerly awaiting that manuscript well I tell you what it’s gonna blow your socks off after Gary was removed the authorities decided to bring tanks in loud music and to really blast um the sleep and deprive the people of

their basic human rights in hopes that that would get them to give it all up and it had the reverse effect and hopefully we’ll never repeat anything like that again this scene is from the movie Breaking why are you pleased like to help people and it looks like you can use some help today yeah you’re the chief that was good man tell me Brian what can I do for you today is it okay if I call you Brian absolutely uh sir I know you know why I’m here and I just simply want my money back

that’s all from the VA right yes sir yeah I’ve had some problems with Veteran Affairs myself we see a hostage negotiator come into the picture and start to make a connection with this man and he speaks to him in a tone of voice that is not confrontational it’s that attitude how can I help what is it that you’re going through because it’s not all about the situation oftentimes it’s about personal Revelations hey we’re back to the service a Marine simplify sir what did you train I’m a West Coast even a casual conversation about what they

did when they were deployed is very comforting because it establishes that connection between people and I think that was brilliantly played and based on a true story I think it’s amazing scene we’re about to see is from the movie Speed this day has been real disappointing I don’t mind saying why because you didn’t get to kill everyone there will come a time boy when you wish you never met Mr I’m Already There Keanu Reeves God love him everybody loves him he’s playing the part of a tactical officer they’re not trained to be complete hostage negotiators

his focus is on bringing this guy down we didn’t see Keanu Reeves being calm or trying to negotiate anything we saw him focused on an outcome and not stopping at anything to get to that outcome hostage say goodbye Harry in a situation where a hostage is taken and there’s fresh Pursuit there’s so much that can go wrong you know I I would have a hard time really imagining I was there face to face with the hostage taker and have to shoot the hostage I just have a hard time wrapping my head around it but I

can’t rule it out this scene is from the movie Metro okay Arrow all right I’m stopping all right turn around I don’t carry a weapon or let me negotiate I have no gun see Keep Your Hands Up what’s your name man what’s in the back these are donuts Earl hostage negotiations are not conducted generally speaking face to face we don’t put ourselves in a situation like that the hostage negotiator wants to go home too it’s Hollywood hey uh Earl I gotta take Harold out of here he’s bleeding pretty bad now you can shoot me if

you want but the next negotiator is going to tell you the same thing where does that come from it’s not something that any negotiator would be using hey you can shoot me if you want well we already saw that this is an unstable individual possibly on drugs if that offer was made hey you can shoot me if you want it wouldn’t surprise me if the guy turned around and shot him all right manual automatic automatic we gotta talk about that shot I don’t know of too many shooters who can actually do that it’s cowboy and

it’s risky to the point where anybody could die when we are negotiating with mentally ill people and we get the sense that nothing that we are saying is landing on their ears then our job as negotiators is to make that determination and say if you don’t send in the SWOT within the next 30 seconds people are going to die we don’t make the final call the hostage negotiators they answer to an incident commander who gives the final say as to whether or not to go and that does happen this scene is from the movie Dog

Day Afternoon thank you very much hey don’t fire don’t fire ready he has no control over the officers and it’s because there was no leadership and no training at the time to control the situation like this whenever an incident like this or a big incident would happen every copper in a cruiser would want to be a part of it be part of this big story it’s probably the biggest one they’ve seen all month in any kind of crisis situation you want to contain and then negotiate the reason you want to set up perimeters is not

only to keep the public at a safe distance but also to control what goes on on the inside it’s a tremendous movie it’s based on actual events this situation in a few other situations prompted the New York Police Department to go to the FBI and say there’s got to be a better way this is what really gave birth to the modern way of Hostage negotiations it gives us an insight into how far we’ve come this scene is from inside man which weighs more all the trains that pass through Grand Central Station in a year or

the trees cut down upon all U.S currency nice it’s a trick question playing games now it’s the trains U.S money isn’t printed on paper at all it’s cotton that’s right okay no trees were cut down are you sure yeah this showcases the fact that there’s a team working together we have the primary hostage negotiator doing the negotiations and everyone else in the background doing their work they’re Gathering intelligence they’re evaluating everything that’s being said when you have too many people in a room like that there’s a possibility that people will start talking about something that’s

other than what’s really at stake here I would like fewer people in a room like that I promise you God is my witness I’m working on it as hard as I can it’s just going to take a few more hours why should I give you any more time when we tell the hostage taker I need more time there’s a number of reasons why we do that more time means the level of Crisis could come down it could also allow people to do their jobs detectives are pounding the pavement knocking on doors trying to find out

who this person is what their motivation was we’ve got the Tactical Team who are out there looking for the best locations in which they can set up the one thing that I take objection to what do you want me to say but my plane is ready I promise you God is my witness I’m working on it as hard as I can we don’t do that we don’t lie we don’t promise a plane we don’t promise drugs or or booze or or whatever it is what happens later on when the realization by the hostage takers that

they’re not getting what they asked for then the level of Jeopardy Rises substantially this next clip is from the movie hostage nobody wants to hear gunshots in there Garris all out here now look I’ve been trying to help you all day all right you want me to help you you gotta help me you not know what it’s like you do not know what I’ve been to you don’t know what I’m going through man I think I got some balls I have never negotiated from a pile of duffel bags lying down combing my beard what we’re

hearing is a very nonchalant dismissive kind of surf boy and on the other end of the line we have somebody who’s so agitated they’re about to explode Bruce Willis is doing nothing that would calm the situation down he doesn’t recognize the homicidal situation he’s got on his hands I know he got the balls Joe you can do whatever you want yeah I know you’re tired Jim the rest of his team recognized that they’ve only got a short window in which they can save lives I would not want that negotiator on my scene and in fact

somebody should have pulled him off hours ago there should have been an Incident Commander saying I’ve heard enough there’s a hundred percent chance this ain’t going well you’re out for now the Tactical Team might take their shot would likely take their shot to take the hostage taker out of the equation this scene is from the television series Justified you know what Jeep is shooter well I’m guessing it’s unpleasant some takes your meal and I dump it all in the blender blend it together oh hell yeah I pretend like it’s Fried Chicken from Prince’s Hot in

Nashville and I enjoy every finger licking mouthful I think railing did an amazing job we see that this guy is probably starving for that kind of conversation he’s been locked up he’s been mistreated he’s a desperate man because he knows he’s going back there’s nothing for him in this he doesn’t not care what’s going to happen to him and what he needs is a voice of reasoning somebody who can actually talk to him is that why you’re doing this screw with guys who screw with you when you actually see somebody and you empathize with their

situation then they recognize that you may actually care about them now here we go check this out Wallace what do we got 24 pieces extra spicy 24 pieces extra spices I think it was Top Notch you get the chicken brilliant if I was in an interrogation room I would offer to have that meal brought in but not only for the person I was interrogating but also for me and it builds that trust in that Rapport in people they just feel like they’ve been listened to they’ve been heard and they say you know what I I

had enough of this you’re a pretty good guy I’m going to give myself up to you here’s my weapon I’m coming out it happens more frequently than you could imagine if we can take the emotion out of the equation and bring logic back into it then we are more likely to be successful in any negotiation one of the principles that I love that I’ve carried into my negotiations is seek first to understand and then to be understood stood it will work Marvels in sales and business transactions your significant other your children whoever it is and

I believe that if we all used those principles this world would be a much better place thanks for watching

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