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Law Enforcement Today | July 23, 2014

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Graham v. Connor

Seattle Police Officers Sue DOJ

June 19, 2014 |

Recently, more than 125 Seattle police officers filed a private lawsuit in federal court against the Justice Department (DOJ) and Seattle city officials.  They allege that use-of-force policies introduced as part of a federal court consent decree endanger the officers … Read More

ILEETA Conference 2014

April 5, 2014 |

I just returned from International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) Conference in Chicago. I first joined this association in 2007. I attend because training is an investment, not an expense. The primary challenge before law … Read More

Suicidal Tendencies a Common Factor in Active Shooter Incidents

August 1, 2013 | 1

Adam Lankford completed a study of mass shooters in the US between 1966 and 2010. The study focused on differences between the Active Shooters (AS) who survive or die in an Active Shooter Incident (ASI).  This study … Read More

Training Budgets: The Cost of Cuts

November 13, 2012 |

The news is filled with a recurrent theme: cities and counties are experiencing budget shortfalls and every budget item is on the chopping block. A few local governments have even declared, or attempted to declare, bankruptcy! Many … Read More

The Rules of Evidence v. The Rules of Engagement

October 27, 2012 |

On September 21, 2012, a jury in a United District Court in Los Angeles returned a verdict of $5.7 million dollars to a man shot by two LAPD officers. The suspect now plaintiff, who is paralyzed, sued … Read More

Who Let the Dogs Out?

May 15, 2012 | 4

Officers need to be concerned about the possibility of a lawsuit being filed if an officer is involved in a dog shooting!   Many in society these days consider their dogs as valued family members rather than simply … Read More

Objective Reasonableness Not 20/20 Hindsight

April 4, 2012 | 2

Recently, two Pasadena, California police officers were faced with an officer involved shooting (OIS).  They fired upon Kendrec McDade, a 19-year old African-American man.  Police dispatchers previously advised officers that both McDade, and his accomplice were in … Read More

Officer Involved Shootings

March 14, 2012 |

In my thirty plus years as a police officer I have developed a mind frame that the possibility exists that one day I could be placed in a situation where I would be required to use my … Read More

Denyakin v. Rankin

March 12, 2012 | 4

On April 23, 2011 at about 10:15 p.m., a Portsmouth Virginia 911 operator took a report of a person banging loudly on a glass door of a residence. The caller did not know the suspect and was … Read More

Use of Force – Dynamic Computers?

March 1, 2012 |

Standard use of force and officer safety training catch phrases used throughout law enforcement include being “mentally and physically alert”, being and acting “actively”, “dynamically”, “proactively”, “flexible”, “fluidly” and “unpredictably”. We tell responders not to be reactive, not to be … Read More