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Law Enforcement Today | March 29, 2015

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Graham v. Connor

Body Cams Alone Are Not a Neutral Set of Eyes

December 11, 2014 | 1

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

Ferguson in the Classroom

November 25, 2014 |

Each police officer faces tremendous challenges during their professional career. Since 2010, I have found the greatest challenge before me as a police lieutenant is to help primarily black and Hispanic students understand a police officer’s role by bringing the … Read More

Green Bay Officer’s Use of Force Considered Reasonable

August 11, 2014 |

What is “objective reasonableness?”  This 4th Amendment standard is employed every day by law enforcement professionals across the country.  This standard, although misunderstood by general public at times, is the keystone that police officers, police departments, defendants, and attorneys tend … Read More

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 | 6

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