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Law Enforcement Today | December 20, 2014

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In Memoriam: Officer Owen Masterton

December 12, 2014 |

Chief William Fitzpatrick of the Glenview (Illinois) Police Department sadly reports the death of Officer Owen Masterton.

Officer Masterton unexpectedly collapsed during roll call and died a short time later at Glenview Hospital. It is suspected that he suffered a … Read More

Body Cams Alone Are Not a Neutral Set of Eyes

December 11, 2014 |

Certain community members and leaders are demanding that police officers wear body cameras. This demand for body cams is hoped to ensure that all the facts of a use-of-force incident are documented. The idea is that a body cam will … Read More

The Right to Resist An Unlawful Arrest

December 10, 2014 |

It’s curious that both sides of the political spectrum seem to agree on one point: a person has the constitutional right to resist arrest. This argument surfaced after the Eric Garner grand jury refused to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo. … Read More

My Friend, Jim, Was Shot

December 9, 2014 |

My colleague Jim is from Yaphank on Long Island in New York. I am from Stony Brook, not too far away. We share many similar high school memories, though I am older than he. He’s my buddy. I appreciate that … Read More

In Memoriam: Deputy Grant Whitaker

December 8, 2014 |

Sheriff Gene Wrigglesworth of the Ingham County Sheriff Department sadly reports the death of Deputy Grant Whitaker.

Deputy Whitaker, 25, was killed in a single vehicle crash while he was in pursuit of a traffic violator. During the pursuit, Deputy … Read More

ALL Lives Matter

December 8, 2014 |

Law enforcement officials, like all professionals, have a job to do. Some people don’t like us. That’s okay; if we wanted to be liked we would’ve been firefighters. We don’t make laws. We enforce them.We are trained throughout our careers … Read More

Short Circuit Sorrow

December 7, 2014 |

“Units respond to the corner of Fifth and Main. Mother reports her son is off his meds and threatening suicide. Son is armed with a pocketknife and is beginning to cut himself. Respond Code 3!”

Does the call sound familiar? … Read More

St. Louis Rams – FAIL!

December 6, 2014 |

Wow! What were the St. Louis Rams players thinking? “Hands up. Don’t Shoot!” Oh yeah, that’s right – First Amendment and that thing the one player, Jared Cook, said, “There has to be a change that starts with the people … Read More

The Encryption Problem

December 5, 2014 |

The American legal system has always struggled with the concept of privacy. Although the US Constitution never uses the word “privacy,” it guarantees Americans the right to go about the business of their lives without fear of government scrutiny—until, that … Read More

New Technology to Combat School Active Shooters

December 4, 2014 | 1

Can technology assist in combatting school violence? During the recent Veteran’s Day break, Shooter Detection Systems provided a demonstration of their Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System technology at a Methuen, Massachusetts school.

The “active shooter” role player was armed … Read More