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Dallas Police Excessive-Force Complaints Drop Dramatically

November 17, 2015
Dallas Police Chief David Brown says his agency's shift toward de-escalation is driving a sharp drop in excessive-force complaints against officers.So far this year, 13 have been filed — on pace to be the lowest number in at least two decades.

Video: DOJ Wants to Standardize Scattered Police Use-of-Force Data Reporting

November 13, 2015
The reporting of use-of-force by law enforcement across the country is fragmented, according to a news investigation, and the DOJ wants to change that.

Police Use-Of-Force Data Scattered, DOJ Wants to Standardize Reporting

November 13, 2015
The reporting of use-of-force by law enforcement across the country is fragmented, making it nearly impossible to track and compare agencies, according to a national investigation by ABC15 and other Scripps television stations. The scattered system now has the Department of Justice working to develop a way to standardize use-of-force reporting. More Here.

Trooper Who Shot at Fleeing Driver Cannot Be Sued, Says Supreme Court

November 10, 2015
The Supreme Court decided Monday that a Texas state trooper who shot and killed a fleeing suspect in a high-speed chase cannot be held civilly liable for the man's death, even though the officer's superior had told him not to shoot.

Memphis Officer Cleared in Shooting of Teen

November 5, 2015
A police officer was cleared by a grand jury Tuesday in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man during a fight at a traffic stop, but a lawyer for the man's family says he will seek a federal civil rights investigation.

Reasonable Force

November 3, 2015

In the age of ubiquitous video and mushrooming oversight, how can you ensure that your use of force does not bring unwanted discredit upon you, your department, and the entire profession? The same as always: Know the law, and comply with it.

New Study Examines Police Killing of Unarmed Civilians

October 7, 2015
A new study based on the open-source, open-standards, StreetCred Police Killings in Context (PKIC) data project reveals that the number of unarmed civilians killed in confrontations with police is substantially lower than commonly stated in the media.

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.
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