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Pieces of My Mind

Pieces of My Mind

Thoughts on some of the law enforcement news that came across our computers in October.

November 6, 2019

Shots Fired: Anaheim, California 09/25/2009
Controversial Legislation: The California Compromise
Instagram Video of CA Officers Detaining Suspect Raises Claims of "Excessive Force"
Less-Lethal: The Guinea Pigs

Less-Lethal: The Guinea Pigs

A team of Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies tests less-lethal weapons and restraints, even letting themselves become the targets so that they can determine effectiveness.

April 12, 2019

Killing Urban Shield

Killing Urban Shield

Last month activists and politicians in Northern California pulled the plug on America's best scenario-based SWAT training exercise.

April 2, 2019

Was the Stephon Clark Shooting a "Suicide by Cop?"

The night before the fatal officer-involved shooting, Clark reportedly started searching the Internet for "easiest ways to kill yourself." He also sent a text to his girlfriend that included a photo of 10 pills in his hand and the message: "Let's fix our family or I'm taking all of these."

March 4, 2019

Tragedy in Bakersfield

Tragedy in Bakersfield

Activists who have never been trained as law enforcement officers have demanded to know why officers didn't use other force options.

January 10, 2017

Up Through the Ranks

Up Through the Ranks

Now that Williams has achieved one of her greatest career goals by becoming chief of her hometown Phoenix PD, she has equally lofty goals for the department.

December 7, 2016

Lessons Learned from a Very Bloody Week

Lessons Learned from a Very Bloody Week

It will be many months before we have the final reports on the Colorado Springs and San Bernardino active shooter attacks. But initial reports can give us an outline of what occurred during these two bloody incidents and perhaps enough insight to yield some important lessons learned.

January 28, 2016

Do Police Have to be Perfect?

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.

July 16, 2015

Airsoft Tragedy in Sonoma County

Airsoft Tragedy in Sonoma County

What might have happened if the subject had been a gang member, the AK had been real, and the deputy hadn’t taken action?

November 4, 2013

Do You Have a  Personal Life?

Do You Have a Personal Life?

Cops are being punished for activities that they participated in while off duty and while not identifying themselves as officers. So one has to ask the questions: What is an officer permitted to do off duty? Where are the red lines? And at what point do officers lose their First Amendment rights?

November 2, 2012

Parolees: The Revolving Door

In California, prisoners are now being released left and right. Last January the California state legislature voted into law a measure that allows the state to release "non-violent offenders" from state prison with very limited parole supervision.

July 18, 2011

Beyond the Laptop: Rockwell Collins' iForce Communications System