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Expert: ARDs Rare But Demand High-Priority Attention

In a snapshot preview of a book he’ll publish this summer, prominent researcher Dr. Darrell Ross recently offered law enforcement trainers a provocative update on one of the rarest events in policing, yet one of the most vexing: arrest-related death. In a presentation running nearly four hours at the annual training conference of the International...
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Appeals Court Issues Guidelines For Use Of Force In Non-Criminal Emergencies

Facing a medical emergency and a use-of-force dilemma, did this sheriff’s deputy do the right thing? The deputy, working road patrol for the Oakland County (MI) SO, responded one June afternoon to a call at a residence near Detroit where four paramedics were struggling to help a man overcome a life-threatening diabetic crisis. According to...
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New Study: Some Notable Patterns In Officer Use of Force Injuries

A study of a year’s worth of force reports in one major US police department reveals some interesting patterns of officer injuries in non-shooting confrontations. The review was led by Dr. Katelyn Jetelina, an epidemiologist with the University of Texas School of Public Health who specializes in violence prevention and injury. Her team included Dr....
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What Does It Really Take To Kill Someone With “Compression Asphyxia”?

Over the years, medical examiners and plaintiff’s attorneys have advanced a variety of speculations to explain the arrest-related deaths of suspects for which no medical cause is readily apparent. This parade of horribles has included hog-tying, positional (prone) asphyxia, neck restraint, pepper-spraying, and cardiac disruption (electrocution) caused by conducted electrical weapons. And one by one,...
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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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Are You A Typical U.S. Cop? Measure Against 8,000 Of Your Peers

How typical are your opinions and actions on the job compared to other American LEOs? Do you believe that protests over officers shooting blacks are motivated primarily by anti-police bias? In light of recent high-profile incidents, are you more reluctant to use appropriate force or to stop and question people who seem suspicious? Do you...
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With Insights From Force Science Graduate, Deputy Found Not Guilty Of Manslaughter Charge

Part of an ongoing series on real-world successes The shooting was predictably controversial: A sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a black man with a master’s degree in telecommunications, a steady job at an advertising agency, no criminal record, and a history of mental illness, who was carrying home an unloaded air rifle he’d just bought at...
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“Escape Clause” Needed In Use of Force Policies

Does your department’s use-of-force policy allow officers to deviate from it in unanticipated but reasonable ways? Such an “escape hatch” provision is critical because officers may not always be able to conform to policy, despite their best intentions, according to an article by Jamie Borden in Vegas Beat, a publication of the Las Vegas Police...
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Proposed Use of Force Policies: Will This Be The “New Normal” For Policing?

In a possible preview of coming attractions for other agencies, the police department in a major US city is proposing radical changes to its use-of-force policies that have torched a firestorm of protest from the rank-and-file. In tone and detail, many of the intended changes mirror the recommendations for overhauling American policing put forth earlier...
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New Study Sparks Debate Over Tasing, Brain Function, & Miranda

Does the shock from a conducted energy weapon impair a suspect’s brain function to the point that he or she may not properly respond to a Miranda warning? A CJ research team raises that question in reporting new findings that a person’s cognition suffers significantly for a short period after a CEW exposure. Their evidence...
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