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Shots Fired: Cleveland, Ohio 04/10/1985

Shots Fired: Cleveland, Ohio 04/10/1985

A mere eight seconds had passed between the time the uniformed unit pulled up and Paskvan's request for paramedics, time enough for the man to have sustained fatal injuries and Paskvan's life and career path to change substantially.

June 24, 2010

Liability for Failure to Protect

Liability for Failure to Protect

A person can frame a federal lawsuit against an officer under either the "special relationship" doctrine or the "state-created danger" doctrine.

June 1, 2010

The State of American Law Enforcement - A Love-Hate Relationship

The State of American Law Enforcement - A Love-Hate Relationship

"My brother told me, 'If you want everyone to love you, join the fire department. If you want half the people to love you but half the people to hate you, go ahead and be on the police department.'" — Officer Michael Pecha, Omaha (Neb.) Police Department.

April 1, 2008

Liability: Staying Off the Hook

A process server has dropped a summons and complaint notice in your hand. You’re being sued for something that the plaintiff claims you did on the job.

September 1, 2005

Making a Federal Case

The overwhelming majority of lawsuits filed against police officers and their agencies include both state and federal causes of action.

September 1, 2005

Rethinking Reaction Time

Rethinking Reaction Time

When you survive an armed threat, you're certain not to remember much of what happened because of the intense stress and trauma of having your life on the line. And what you do remember may be distressingly puzzling.

December 1, 2004

Five Minutes to Live

Five Minutes to Live

Educating cops how to save themselves and others in dire medical emergencies when seconds count is the goal of a new interactive training program from the The Backup Training Corp.

November 1, 2004

Avoiding De Facto Arrests

If police take someone from one location and transport him or her involuntarily to a police facility for investigation, this will be considered a de facto arrest. Without probable cause, that arrest will be unlawful, with predictable consequences for both evidence suppression and civil liability.

August 1, 2003

How to...Start a K-9 Unit

How to...Start a K-9 Unit

Initiating your agency’s first K-9 unit is a daunting task. If you’re willing to accept this challenge, then the first thing you need is the support of your department.

February 1, 2003

On the Cutting Edge

On the Cutting Edge

No department would dare let said officer hit the street without training and instruction in policies governing the use of a pistol. Many PDs even have policies regarding the use of flashlights. But in most departments an edged weapon/cutting tool clipped to the pocket of the officer's duty pants flies under the radar.

October 1, 2002

Your Choices

Your Choices

What accounts for the difference between the high producers and the lower ones? Simple. The high producers have made different choices than the others.

June 2, 2002

Breaking and Entering

Breaking and Entering

As the number of tactical teams across the nation has increased for the past several years, the number of lawsuits being brought against tactical teams has also risen dramatically.

May 1, 2002

(Un)Reasonable Force

(Un)Reasonable Force

After the encounter, Jones' sergeant told him, "I have a problem with your use of force. It wasn't reasonable."

March 1, 2002

Police Service Dogs: The Unheralded Training Tool

Police officers are asked to make split-second life-or-death decisions.  We have to decide in a blink of an eye if we are going to shoot.  Then over the next several years everyone will dissect, analyze and scrutinize our actions.

January 1, 2000

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