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Video: How LAPD SWAT Prevented a Hollywood Riot

Video: How LAPD SWAT Prevented a Hollywood Riot

The LAPD was able to successfully disperse the 2,000-person mob without it turning into an all-out riot. In its wake, the "block party" left the street littered with debris; the movie premiere was canceled; and the Los Angeles DJ apologized.

August 10, 2011

Video: Will Video Evidence Satisfy the BART Doubters?

Video: Will Video Evidence Satisfy the BART Doubters?

The controversy involving the July 3 BART shooting picked up steam, as critics questioned, doubted, and eventually condemned the police "version." For the second time in 2-½ years, BART Police found themselves embroiled in yet another controversial shooting. This was yet another blow to BART Police—a department working very hard to rebuild its image.

August 5, 2011

Police Shooting Response Tasks San Francisco SWAT with Riot Control

The anarchists' next target was a bank where they smashed a window with a hammer. Followed by a SFPD substation where they threw paint and a hammer at police. Emboldened by their own actions, the "anarchists" continued to the Market and Powell intersection in the heart of the Financial District.

July 28, 2011

When Crowds Turn Into Violent Mobs

Flash mobs first gained popularity with their synchronized dancing, mega-pillow fights, and the like. It now appears that the thugs have interjected their own version of flash mobs: large roving bands of predators hunting their next prey.

July 8, 2011

When Facts Won't Satisfy the LE Critics

When Facts Won't Satisfy the LE Critics

After weeks of public and media scrutiny, the actions of the Pima County (Ariz.) Sheriff's SWAT unit were officially ruled "justifiable and reasonable." However, the fallout over the raid is far from over, because many people's minds were made up before the facts were known.

June 30, 2011

Perception: The Difference Between Heroes and Villains

Perception: The Difference Between Heroes and Villains

The Pima County (Ariz.) Sheriff's Department's May 5 SWAT raid resulted in the death of a Marine at home in front of his family. This tragedy has exploded into one of the most criticized, controversial SWAT incidents in memory.

June 17, 2011

Let's Keep an Ohio Cop Killer Behind Bars

Let's Keep an Ohio Cop Killer Behind Bars

We can help in the effort to deny parole to this cop killer by signing the online petition to deny parole for Michael Manns by visiting Blockparole.com and clicking on "Featured Case: Cop Killer Up for Parole: Detective Sergeant William Prochazka was brutally killed in the line of duty."

June 3, 2011

A Plan Is a Plan, Until...

The Osama bin Laden raid ranks among the most significant raids in modern military history. History is replete with similar military raids — some have been successful, others less so — that reinforce the reality that the vast majority of such operations are rarely ever known outside a circle of the select few on a need-to-know basis.

May 27, 2011

Friendly Fire: Operational Considerations

Operational friendly fire erupts suddenly without warning, and once bullets start flying, it's too late. In the old days, before we were trained with "finger OFF the trigger" unless you're shooting, virtually all LEOs had their finger ON the trigger when they had their guns out.

May 20, 2011

Friendly Fire: Identify Yourself As an Officer

Friendly Fire: Identify Yourself As an Officer

SWAT officers often respond to call-outs while off duty and driving their personal vehicles. And they often arrive before the rest of SWAT. Thought needs to be given to how identifiable they are when arriving on scene, particularly in swirling, chaotic, life-threatening situations, and especially when there's a chance on-scene officers might not know they're SWAT.

May 16, 2011

Friendly Fire: Analyzing the Problem

As with accidental training deaths, LE needs to recognize that "friendly fire" tragedies are both needless and preventable. And the only acceptable goal in any/all accidental police deaths is their total elimination.

April 29, 2011

Friendly Fire: A Devastating LODD

He responded "as is" in his gym shorts. Yet there was absolutely no question in anyone's mind that he was "SWAT." That's because he had the presence of mind to don his tactical vest and helmet, which made him instantly recognizable as SWAT.

April 26, 2011

Tales of Three SWAT Tragedies

While the official investigations are still ongoing, enough has already been reported to provide glimpses into what and how these tragedies might have occurred.

April 12, 2011

Is Law Enforcement Entering a Deadly New Era?

The spike in duty deaths has occurred despite the many advancements in police training, equipment (particularly protective armor), and emergency medical trauma care. What does appear to be occurring is more and more criminals are showing an increasing willingness to engage police in armed confrontations.

April 1, 2011

St. Petersburg After-Action Report (2 of 2)

St. Petersburg After-Action Report (2 of 2)

The suspect moved the K-9 officer's deceased body 10 to 15 feet to the attic opening and placed the officer's boot in view of fellow officers. He also intentionally set a trap to lure police into his line of fire.

March 11, 2011