Important memory issues for law enforcement

Ed Note: Memory is often a wild card in officer-involved shooting investigations. Involved officers typically don’t remember certain things that happened or they remember them incorrectly or their recollections conflict with accounts of other witnesses. This is frustrating and often suspicious to investigators. Just how memory works is still the subject of intense exploration by neuroscientists. Much of what is known unfortunately has been slow to reach law enforcement circles. Here, Force Science News presents three reports on recent memory-related developments that can help reviewers of force incidents better understand the challenges of accurate recall that they may confront.

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