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Officer Court Testimony

Re-thinking how Police Train and Talk about the 21-Foot Rule

A key element to the entire discussion of the so-called 21-Foot Rule is the perceived intent of the subject and threat that the individual potentially poses.

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Training to Testify

POLICE Contributing Editor Doug Wyllie discusses with Colin Gallagher why police should train to testify.

Why (and How) Officers Train for Successfully Delivering Courtroom Testimony

Agencies should provide officers with every opportunity to become better prepared for their "role in the criminal justice system" when they're tasked with taking the stand in testimony against an accused suspect at trial.

Focus of Attention: Integrating Heady Concepts into Regular Police Training

Terms such as auditory exclusion, inattentional blindness, tunnel vision, tachypsychia are often used during testimony in police use-of-force cases, but can potentially be misused, misconstrued, misunderstood, or all of the above.

Video: Articulating Interactions with Mentally Ill Subjects Using Mnemonics

Attorney Missy O'Linn discusses the mnemonics that can help officers explain their actions after an incident involving a mentally ill or unstable subject.

Mnemonics for Testifying—Constitutional Law Crate, Part 2

Attorney Missy O'Linn explains how she creates mnemonics to help officers remember the eight officer/subject factors when testifying in court.

Recalling Police Use of Force Law—Constitutional Law Crate, Part 1

Attorney Missy O'Linn explains her "Constitutional Law Crate," which she created as 11 flash cards assembled into a cube, or crate, to give officers a way to remember the most imperative information when testifying in court, such as the three levels of force and Graham v. Connor.

If It Pleases the Court

No amount of initial classroom instruction can adequately prepare an officer for court. But I want to share some tips and debunk some myths about this important, though painstaking, facet of a law enforcement career.

Video: Darren Wilson Explains Justified Use of Force in Ferguson Testimony

In grand jury testimony released Monday, Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson said that he felt he was authorized to use force against Michael Brown Jr. after Brown punched him twice in the face.

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Former Phoenix Officer Testifies In Murder Trial

Richard Chrisman testified Tuesday that Daniel Rodriguez tried to grab his service weapon two times and raised a bicycle over his head in an attempt to strike him.

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