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Should Cops See Body Cam Video Before Giving Use Of Force Statements?

A recent webinar on the hot question of whether officers should be allowed to review body cam video before giving statements on use-of-force incidents features a spirited clash of opinions among two law enforcement lawyers and a forensics expert, but in the end offers agreement on two critical points: To avoid potentially damaging pitfalls, officers...
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Building Articulation While The Camera Rolls

When it comes to body cams and dash cams, don’t rely on the video alone to tell your side of the story. Your verbal narration as the action unfolds can be a critical component of what the device records, advises Dep. Chief William Mazur of the Atlantic City (NJ) PD. Mazur is an instructor with...
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Force Science Gradudate Finds Hidden Truth In “Incriminating” Video

Part of a continuing series of FS successes What started as a simple FI regarding a possible curfew violation ended up with a “massive” dent in the hood of a patrol car, caused by an officer slamming a suspect face-down into the metal. The officer insisted he’d reacted to feeling “resistive tension” from an uncooperative...
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Police Attorney Offers “Best Practices” Tips To Civil Rights Overseers + “Unleashing Respect” Launched

Last November, the Civil Rights Division of the US DOJ sent a 9-page “technical assistance” document to the mayor of Seattle, emphatically recommending certain changes in how the city’s police department investigates officer-involved shootings. This communiqué is part of an ongoing federal scrutiny of the PD, underway for nearly a year, to “ensure compliance with...
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Cops Not Guilty Of Unreasonable Force In Mistaken Killing Of Child Hostage: Appeals Court

An internationally publicized case of a tragic shooting in which Force Science testimony was given has been decided by a California appellate court in favor of the involved officers. Controversial from the beginning, the headline-grabbing case concerned a tense standoff between LAPD SWAT and a drug-deranged father who was holding his 19-month-old daughter in his...
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Recent Developments In Post-OIS Procedures: Tale Of 3 Cities

1. Chicago officers win right to 24-hr. “grace period” An arbitrator has ruled that Chicago officers involved in shootings can wait at least 24 hours before having to give a recorded statement to investigators from the municipal agency that reviews police shootings. The decision resulted from a grievance filed by Chicago Lodge 7 of the...
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The LAPD Consent-Decree Mess; More Of The Same Ahead For Other Agencies As DOJ Ramps Up A Campaign Against Police, Author Warns

An award-winning journalist who frequently writes on law enforcement issues has given a scathing account of the federal government’s 10-year oversight of the LAPD and calls it “a disturbing harbinger for other police departments.” In a 3,100-word report in The Weekly Standard magazine, author and TV commentator Heather Mac Donald paints a damning picture of...
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New Position Paper Links Cognitive Interviewing To “Fair, Objective” OIS Investigations

An unusual collaboration between a former police psychologist, a senior deputy city attorney, and an internationally known researcher has resulted in a new position paper that strongly encourages agencies to use the special techniques of “cognitive interviewing” when taking statements from officers who survive shootings. Interrogating officers in the same traditional manner as criminal suspects...
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Do’s And Don’ts Of Questioning Young Suspects In Major Crimes

The 8-year-old Arizona boy recently alleged to have fatally shot his father and another man with a .22-cal. rifle is not the first child of tender years to be accused of a brutal crime. Nor, given today’s pervasive violence, will he likely be the last. If the next strikes in your jurisdiction, how can your...
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Stress & Memory: Important New Findings From FSRC Research

Final analysis of data gathered by the Force Science Research Center during a simulated shooting experiment has revealed important new findings about officers’ perceptions and recall that could bear significantly on OIS investigations. Among other things, the testing showed that: Officers tended to recount vastly more information about what happened when interviewed by investigators than...
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Effective date: January 06, 2019

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