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Alabama Chief Found Guilty of Federal Assault, Excessive Force

July 15, 2016
A northeastern Alabama police chief has been found guilty on charges of using excessive force and assaulting a man who was being arrested.

LAPD Did Not Violate Deadly Force Rules in 2015 Shooting, Panel Finds

July 12, 2016
The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday found that the fatal shooting of a woman in South L.A. last year did not violate the department’s deadly force policy.

Video: Chicago Officer on Desk Duty Over Use of Force

June 14, 2016
A Chicago police officer has been placed on desk duty after a video surfaced that appears to show the officer kicking a man in the head on Monday.

Chicago Officer on Desk Duty Over Use of Force

June 14, 2016
A Chicago police officer has been placed on desk duty after a video surfaced that appears to show the officer kicking a man in the head. More Here.

Congresswoman Proposes National Standard for De-escalation Training and Use of Force

May 13, 2016
“We want our officers using force really that [is] proportional to the situation,” Moore said in an interview on Wednesday. “This is about giving police officers additional training assets with regard to encounters that don’t necessarily have to end up with a use of deadly force.”

San Antonio SRO Fired Over Video of Throwing Student to Ground

April 11, 2016
The San Antonio Independent School district on Monday fired a district police officer who became the subject of national scrutiny after a video surfaced on YouTube that appeared to show him throw a 12-year-old girl to the ground.

Video: San Antonio SRO's Use of Force Against Student Investigated

April 7, 2016
A San Antonio, TX, school police officer has been placed on leave while the district investigates a video purporting to show him throwing a 12-year-old girl onto the ground last week.

San Antonio SRO's Use of Force Against Student Investigated

April 7, 2016
A San Antonio, TX, school police officer has been placed on leave while the district investigates a video purporting to show him throwing a 12-year-old girl onto the ground last week. More Here.

Police Commission Approves Changes Emphasizing De-Escalation Before Deadly Force By LAPD

March 16, 2016
Under a plan unanimously approved Tuesday by the Police Commission, the Los Angeles Police Department will begin evaluating whether officers did all they could to defuse tense situations before they used force and rewrite policies to emphasize this behavior.

ECDs and Use-of-Force Law

March 8, 2016

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which applies to five states, emphasizes the use of TASERs as tools for protection, not for compelling compliance.

A Revolution in Use-of-Force Policy and Training?

March 7, 2016

A battle is brewing among law enforcement leadership organizations about whether and how to change police use-of-force policy and training to be kinder and gentler.

N.J. Police Can Now Use Stun Guns in More Situations

March 4, 2016
North Jersey law enforcement officials praised new guidelines Thursday that give officers broader discretion in deciding when to deploy stun guns, while a leading civil rights organization criticized them as giving too much power to police.

Police Use of Baton Down Since Rodney King Incident 25 Years Ago

March 4, 2016
When the video of Los Angeles police officers beating Rodney G. King shocked the world 25 years ago, the baton quickly became a symbol of law enforcement abuse.

Video: LAPD Offers Inside Look at Police Shooting Investigations, Training

March 3, 2016
LAPD tactics are under scrutiny as the department reviews last year's rise in crime and how officers responded. On Wednesday, members of the media had a front-row view of training at the Davis Academy in Granada Hills, CA.

LAPD Offers Inside Look at Police Shooting Investigations, Training

March 3, 2016
LAPD tactics are under scrutiny as the department reviews last year's rise in crime and how officers responded. On Wednesday, members of the media had a front-row view of training at the Davis Academy in Granada Hills, CA. More Here.

De-Escalation Training: Learning to Back Off

March 2, 2016

De-escalation training is not new nor innovative. The philosophy behind the training is that officers need to take every opportunity to slow down a situation when possible.

San Francisco Supervisors Name Day for Shooting Victim Mario Woods

January 29, 2016
Over the objection of San Francisco's police union, county supervisors unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday to officially declare July 22 "Mario Woods Day."

NYPD Hopes More Potent Pepper Spray Will Lead to Fewer Police Shootings

January 29, 2016
The NYPD hopes a more potent pepper spray will lead to fewer police shootings — but some critics say the upgraded aerosol is a recipe for disaster.

The Totality of Circumstances

January 28, 2016

People pass instant judgment on officers' actions on video without seeming to know anything about the investigation and analysis that necessarily includes policy, training, and the laws that govern police use of force.

TASER Use Restricted in 5 States by U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

January 15, 2016
The decision applies in the five states in the 4th Circuit. The N.C. Justice Academy advised law enforcement agencies to revise their Taser policies to comply.
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