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Magic Lessons  

Magicians use humor and empathy to lower your guard, so keep yours up and don't relax just because the subject you are dealing with seems "nice." Rather, you should be the one to use humor and empathy to lower the guard of the people you're dealing with: suspects, witnesses, and internal affairs alike.

Where's the Apology?  

So…Where is the apology from all the people who smeared Wilson? I mean when you spend seven months accusing a peace officer of being a racist, murdering cop who shot an 18-year-old "boy" in cold blood while that "child" tried to surrender and then you find out he was actually an honorable officer of the law defending his person against a vicious attack by a huge, powerful, and enraged man, well maybe you owe that officer a "Hey, bro, my bad."

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All Lives Matter  

What really angers me, however, is the fact that the protesters are using the rally cry, "Black Lives Matter." While they are correct in what they say, wouldn't a better cry be "All Lives Matter?" And that includes the lives of law enforcement officers who have to make split-second decisions while under attack.

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Practical Flashlight Techniques and Tactics  

Any article on law enforcement operations and the use of flashlights can be controversial and much will have been covered in the past. But let's see if I can offer some fresh thoughts on the subject.

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Police Product Test: Chinook Medical Gear Life Kit  

The Life Kit contains the bare essentials for quick treatment of major bleeding or penetrating wounds, all in a super-compact package that can be carried in any cargo pocket.

News

$650,000 Settlement Reached in Beating by California Deputies

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has agreed to pay $650,000 to a man who was punched and kicked by a group of San Bernardino County, Calif., deputies following a pursuit on horseback.

Video: Miami Assistant Police Chief Criticized for Not Pledging Allegiance

The head of the Miami police union is seeking disciplinary action against the assistant police chief after she refused to salute the American flag while in uniform during a promotional ceremony.

Video: Chicago Officer Not Guilty in Shooting of Unarmed Woman

A judge found a Chicago police officer not guilty on charges he shot and killed Rekia Boyd, a 22-year-old unarmed woman. The officer was off-duty when he opened fire during a confrontation with a group of people three years ago.

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PTSD: Breaking the Silence

We may think we can control our grief, our terror, or our shame by remaining silent, but naming offers the possibility of a...

Washington Post Columnist: "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" a Lie

Brown never surrendered with his hands up, and Wilson was justified in shooting Brown.

How One City Kept the Peace After a White Cop/Black Suspect OIS

"It was a classic example of what Force Science teaches about how shots often end up in the back," he notes. "An officer decides...

   
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