Use of Force

"Hollywood vs. Reality: Officer Involved Shootings" Combats Public Myths About Police Shootings,

Thanks to  an outstanding resource for cops, for passing this information along. The video is well worth your time as it contains valuable information based on research from Force Science Institute all cops and citizens should be  aware of.

Don't Charge Police for Mistakes

I have often wonder during my 24 years as a cop how or why a officer in the performance of his duties could end up charged with a crime and end up doing time in jail for a mistake in judgment  under pressure while doing his job? I have often thought why is it that judges and prosecuting attorney’s get immunity from their decisions made in the chambers of a calm court room, with plenty of time to decide and very little risk involved.

JUSTIFIED: Are You Serious? The Balancing Act of Persuasion, and Reasonable Force

By Fred Leland

Seattle police say they'll review police tactics and training after an officer was shown on video punching a young woman in the face. Everyone reading this article should take a look at this video before continuing. It’s provided at the link above.

Calif. officer's single shot killed bank robber who held hostages

"This was a clear, calculated ambush situation for officers and deputies," Redding police Lt. Scott Mayberry said

BURNEY, Calif. — Police are calling a 47-year-old Burney man's shooting spree from inside a bank an orchestrated attack that left them no choice but to fire back.

"This was a clear, calculated ambush situation for officers and deputies," Redding police Lt. Scott Mayberry said Wednesday at a news conference.

Police-on-Police Shootings Task Force Testimony of Deputy Chief William G. Brooks Wellesley PD

I want to thank Governor Patterson for establishing this task force, and the members of the task force for their service. In spite of the fact that law enforcement officers have tragically been victims of accidental shootings at the hands of their brother and sister officers for more than a century, this undertaking is, to my knowledge, the most comprehensive examination of police-on-police shootings in our nation’s history. The breadth of your research is extraordinary, and I hope your recommendations will be embraced by the entire law enforcement community.

Man shot by BART police failed to comply with orders, officer testifies

Associated Press

10:47 PM PDT, May 26, 2009

A transit officer said Tuesday that an unarmed man who was fatally shot by another officer at an Oakland train station failed to obey her commands before his death.
Bay Area Rapid Transit Officer Marysol Domenici testified during the fourth day of a hearing to determine whether former BART Officer Johannes Mehserle will stand trial for murder in the death of Oscar Grant.

NYPD police officer killed by fellow officer

NEW YORK (CNN) -- A police officer chasing a theft suspect was fatally shot Thursday night by another officer after he failed to drop his weapon when ordered to, authorities said.

Officer Omar Edwards, 25, was not wearing a bulletproof vest and did not fire a shot, authorities say.

Authorities said Officer Omar Edwards, 25, was shot three times.

Edwards was in plainclothes and carrying a handgun as he chased the suspect past a police car.

Authorities said the officer who shot him said he didn't realize Edwards was a police officer.

Police: Officer kills Ohio man who took hostage

TOLEDO, Ohio - A man took at least one person hostage in his neighbor's home and was fatally shot by a police officer who tried to negotiate with him during a standoff that left three people wounded Sunday morning, authorities said.
The 32-year-old suspect, Richard D. Carr, had two semiautomatic weapons and exchanged gunfire with officers for 10 to 15 minutes at about 8 a.m., Toledo police Chief Mike Navarre said. The home is along a residential street on the city's north side.

A proper use of force report protection against liability By Chuck Joyner, FBI

Guys this is an article we all should read and heed its advise when it come to reports and use of force. Also check the article by Kevin Maloney on Report Writing and the Boyd Cycle


5 Alabama Officers Fired for Taped Beating


Five Birmingham police officers were fired Wednesday for beating an apparently unconscious suspect after a roadway chase, an attack caught on a patrol car videotape that didn't surface publicly for a year.

Police Chief A.C. Roper said the officers, who were not identified, were seasoned veterans but acted in a "shameful" manner.

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