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<p>Just because a dog looks like a pit bull does not mean it is &quot;vicious&quot; or even &quot;aggressive. You can only judge the animal as a threat by its actions. (Photo: National Canine Research Council)</p>

The Plight of the "Pit Bull"  

November 4, 2014

By David Griffith

“My heart goes out to these dogs,” says trainer Brian Kilcommons, who is often called to assess the aggressiveness and socialization of pits. “These dogs are so maligned. They are tortured. They are fought. I cannot tell you how many of these dogs I have trained that make phenomenal pets.”

<p>This dog is behind a fence, which is good. Now to keep it safe, the owner should call it into the house until the officer has left. (Photo: National Canine Research Council)</p>

Dog Owners Can Prevent Violent Encounters Between Police and Their Pets  

November 4, 2014

By David Griffith

While the mainstream media and many angry dog owners believe the sole responsibility for these tragedies should fall on the officer who pulled the trigger. Often times, the pet owners made mistakes or were even irresponsible in controlling and training their animals.

<p>Chicago officer demonstrate how to use a TASER on a dog. Note the cant of the device, so that the prongs spread horizontally on the animal&#39;s body. (Photo: National Canine Research Council)</p>

A Use-of-Force Continuum for Dealing with Dogs  

November 4, 2014

By David Griffith

If the owner or another person known to the dog is not available, you may be able to gain the dog’s acceptance by softening your approach. Dog experts recommend you stop moving toward the dog, assume a bladed stance sideways to the dog, and avoid eye contact, while talking to him in a strong, reassuring tone. This may have a calming effect that will allow you to safely conduct your business and leave.

Sued for Shooting a Dog  

November 4, 2014

By David Griffith

Your biggest fear in a dog shooting lawsuit is punitive damages. While compensatory damages are likely to be covered by your employer, punitive damages are probably coming out of your pocket.

<p>Photo: ScottEVest</p>

Police Product Test: ScottEVest Brad Thor Alpha Jacket  

October 31, 2014

By A.J. George

On the outside, the Brad Thor Alpha is a very sleek and stylish medium-weight jacket. Now for the fun part. The Alpha features 35 different pockets. That isn't including the zippered sleeves and side panels for access to belt-mounted gear.

"Unarmed" Suspects and Un-brained Media  

October 31, 2014

By Greg Meyer

How can it be, in 2014, with all the media attention given to controversial police use-of-force cases in recent years, that the public is still treated to bogus "reporting" of such incidents? The coverage of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo., is the worst in memory.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

Can Police Stop Killing Dogs?  

October 29, 2014

By David Griffith

As with other police encounters involving civilians and what the public perceives as bad outcomes, many dog shooting incidents are captured on video and posted on the Internet. Some officers have even been fired for shooting dogs.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

The 5 Biggest Miranda Myths  

October 28, 2014

By Devallis Rutledge

Some myths that have sprouted from Miranda have shown so much inertia that the Supreme Court has had to keep coming back to try to knock them down. Here are five of the most persistent.

The Myth of the Unarmed Man  

October 27, 2014

By Jon Adler

If you don't believe media bias plays a role in how Americans interpret use of force by law enforcement, try this simple test. Do a Google search for "police officer kills unarmed man." I did and I got 179,000 results. Searching for "unarmed man attacks police officer," I got this message: "No results found."

Understanding Graham v. Connor  

October 27, 2014

By Mark Clark

Findings from Graham v. Connor will certainly be considered in the deadly use-of-force decision in Ferguson, Mo. Which is why every American law enforcement officer should have a sound understanding of the Graham case and what it means.

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