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After the Echo  

March 1, 2004

It’s her left hand, and there’s a gun in it. I quarter her head with my reticle. Then I see her gun hand come up fully in line with the entry team members. She straightens her arm as if taking aim, and I squeeze the trigger.

Backing Down the Bloc  

March 1, 2004

The projectile whizzed towards me through the smoke, bounced on the asphalt just in front of my left foot, and careened upward, striking me in my upper thigh. My big plastic shield, blaring POLICE on the front, had been circumvented by a lucky shot.

Personal Threat Levels  

February 1, 2004

If you're in condition green, go about your life just as you would proceed through an intersection. If you're in condition yellow, use caution and be prepared because condition red may be just around the corner. If condition red does present itself, stop and be prepared to deal with the threat.

Knock Before Entry  

February 1, 2004

Is it always necessary to comply with knock notice before forcing entry to serve a search warrant?

Butt Identity  

February 1, 2004

Cops often have their work cut out for them.

When the Lights Went Out  

February 1, 2004

By most accounts, the great Northeast blackout of 2003 turned out to be a successful training exercise in post-9/11 emergency procedures for local police departments.

Police Combative Academy principles Louis Marquez, left, and Hans Marrero, right, demonstrate an open-hand technique designed to knock a knife out of a suspect’s hand.

The School of Hard Knocks  

February 1, 2004

The introduction comes in the form of a three-minute round of body sparring in a 6X6-foot ring against the trainers, all noted martial artists and police DT instructors in their own right. Both the students and the instructors wear 16-ounce boxing gloves and headgear, but they still get hit and it still hurts.

Photo via Runs With Scissors (Flickr.com).

Use of Force on Prisoners  

January 3, 2004

Documentation and self-control are the keys to protecting yourself against charges of unreasonable force on persons in custody.

"To Live and Die in L.A."  

January 1, 2004

If you want a great and gritty thriller, check out this often overlooked gem.

Mental Illness Can Kill...You  

January 1, 2004

Confrontations with emotionally disturbed subjects put officers’ lives at risk.

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