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Bratton Aims to Stay Step Ahead of Watchdogs

October 5, 2015
On the same day the inspector general for the police issued a report detailing deficiencies in how force is defined and tracked by the New York Police Department, Commissioner William J. Bratton announced on Thursday that many of the changes called for were already being addressed.

Phoenix Officer Violated Policy in Shooting, Use of Force Board Says

September 18, 2015
The Phoenix Police Sergeants and Lieutenants Association is disappointed in the findings and says it does not factor in the split-second decision the sergeant who shot Cusseaux had to make.

California Lawmakers Approve Bills to Track Racial Profiling, Police Use of Force

September 10, 2015
California lawmakers on Wednesday approved measures to track the race of motorists stopped by officers and incidents of use of force by police officers.

Viewing Video: Just Press Play

August 6, 2015

Denying officers access to the video records of incidents before they write their reports serves only one purpose: It's a trap. The goal here is to play "gotcha" with the officers and try to catch them in a lie.

Can a Police Officer Order a Driver Out of a Car? Experts Weigh In

July 23, 2015
Can a police officer order a person out of his car during a routine traffic stop as a Texas trooper did to Sandra Bland, who was later found dead in her jail cell? And what about ordering the driver to put out a cigarette while he is still in his car?

LAPD Officer Gets 36 Months in Jail in Assault Caught On Video

July 23, 2015
A Los Angeles police officer was sentenced to 36 months in jail Thursday for assaulting a South L.A. woman in an incident that was caught on video by a police cruiser camera.

Cops are Not Ninjas

July 16, 2015

Understand that the law throughout this country is that officers are permitted to use objectively reasonable force under the totality of the circumstances, and that means they do not have to use deadly force only if nothing else would work.

Do Police Have to be Perfect?

July 16, 2015

If we start punishing officers for every mistake, just because an encounter ended in the justified shooting of a suspect, then officers will surely minimize their contact with suspects.

Missouri Police Departments Required to Achieve Accreditation in New Law

July 13, 2015
A piece of the municipal court reform measure signed into law Thursday by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon establishes an accreditation process for police departments in St. Louis County.

Digital Video: Working Under the Microscope

June 18, 2015

When the public sees a news video that apparently shows an officer committing excessive force, the incessant media-driven quest for "Justice! Now!" puts false hope in the minds of many that there will be quick and easy answers for complex events.

Supreme Court Sides With Police in Confrontations With Mentally Disabled

May 19, 2015
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police cannot be sued for using force against people with mental disabilities when their constitutional right to privacy is not clear.

Nine Georgia Deputies Fired After 22-Year-Old's Death

May 11, 2015
Nine Georgia deputies have been fired following the death of a 22-year-old in an isolation cell in January.

California Senate OKs Bill Barring Grand Juries in Police Deadly Force Cases

May 11, 2015
The California state Senate approved a measure that would prohibit grand juries from weighing in on cases of deadly shootings or excessive force by police.

Clinton Dives Into Debate on Police Tactics, Urges Justice Reform

April 29, 2015
Diving into the debate over police use of force, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on Wednesday urged police departments throughout the country to use body cameras and urged an end to excessive prison sentences that burden black communities.

San Diego Police Body Camera Report: Fewer Complaints, Less Use of Force

March 19, 2015
The use of body cameras by San Diego police has led to fewer complaints by residents and less use of force by officers, according to a city report released Wednesday.

Spokane Use-of-Force Commission Praises Police Progress

February 17, 2015
In its final meeting before it disbands, the city’s Use of Force Commission lauded the improvements made by the Spokane Police Department in the last two years.

Black Panther Leader Tries Use-of-Force Scenarios, Changes Tune

February 6, 2015
As the head of Houston's New Black Panther Party, Quanell X has led years of protests against police use of force. But in a training exercise at the Missouri City (Texas) Police Department, he saw the view from inside the line of fire. More Here.

Motorist Shot by S.C. Trooper Gets Nearly $300,000 Settlement

February 3, 2015
A Columbia, S.C., motorist shot late last summer by an ex-Highway Patrol trooper in a confrontation that drew national attention has received a nearly $300,000 settlement from the state of South Carolina.

The Virtual Reality Machine

January 18, 2015

You quickly realize when working a scenario in the new Theater from MILO Range Training Systems that it's a new kind of use-of-force simulator. Not only does the Theater system provide an immersive multiple screen experience, the images projected on those screens react to your movements.

Less-Lethal: Mixed Blessings

November 26, 2014

It's well known that an offender who decides to resist arrest or attack a police officer must consider the possibility of being injured or even killed for doing so. What is unknown is how the proliferation of less-lethal weapons has changed and will change the way these men and women think.

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