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Law Enforcement Today | July 24, 2014

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Officer Involved Shootings: Public Perception vs. Reality

June 30, 2014 | 3

Why can’t you just aim for the leg?  How many times have you heard that question from the public, the media or even a family member or friend?  Television and film consistently show action heroes flying through the air and … 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

LAPD Introducing Mental Health Protocols

March 3, 2014 |

All police officers experience that moment where they or a fellow officer is placed in the spotlight. We expect to be questioned and second guessed regarding our conduct, especially in a use of force incident. Why did … Read More

When the LT Accidentally Shot his Office Chair

February 7, 2014 |

When an officer is involved in a shooting there is an emotional rollercoaster that typically follows. Adrenaline dump, tunnel vision, maybe some involuntary muscle twitching, and for most officers there is difficulty in recalling how many shots … Read More

State of Florida v. George Zimmerman: Lessons for LEOs

July 9, 2013 | 3

I was fortunate to shoot a lot of competition when I was working with the Cobb County Police. I shot traditional bullseye matches, PPC, IPSC, IDPA, three gun, and NRA Action Pistol. I even shot the Bianchi … Read More

Lies, Damn Lies, Statistics, and the Use of Force

July 26, 2012 | 4

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article criticizing the existence of citizen review panels and their role in supervising law enforcement agencies. The danger, I wrote, was that groups of untrained civilians would judge the actions … Read More

The Long Road Back

April 8, 2012 | 5

Albuquerque Police Department (APD) is the largest department of the largest city in New Mexico.  Over the past several years, it has faced the fallout from an unusually high number of officer involved shootings for the city’s size.  Twenty three shootings with … 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

The Price of the Process

March 29, 2012 |

On October 17, 2010, LEOs from the Mt. Pleasant and Pleasantville police departments in Westchester County, New York, responded to a disturbance involving a crowd in front of a bar. A short time later, a 20 year … 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