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January 21, 2015
Why 'extraordinary' grand jury cases like Ferguson have different rules Val Van Brocklin - Cop Gumbo

Why 'extraordinary' grand jury cases like Ferguson have different rules

Prosecuting Attorney McCulloch would’ve been derelict to present the case following grand jury “norms” - Full Story
January 08, 2015
What the civil litigation cases for Brown and Garner might look like Jessica Dipre - Civil Litigation Issues

What the civil litigation cases for Brown and Garner might look like

Police training and proper documentation is more important than ever in order to prevent or defend Section 1983 actions - Full Story
January 05, 2015
What appeals court says cops should know about prone positioning Force Science Institute - Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

What appeals court says cops should know about prone positioning

Bolick v. City of East Grand Rapids (MI), is a civil rights action against police, alleging the use of excessive force in the excited delirium death of a mentally ill and highly combative 30-year-old who had been “freaking out” and threatening to kill his father - Full Story
December 12, 2014
5 Supreme Court decisions from 2014 impacting law enforcement Terrence P. Dwyer, Esq. - Police Liability and Litigation

5 Supreme Court decisions from 2014 impacting law enforcement

The 2014 calendar brought us five significant cases which impact officers’ understanding of Fourth Amendment limits, both in its extension and restrictions - Full Story
December 03, 2014
Security v. safety: What cops should know about the encryption war Tim Dees - Police Tech & Gear

Security v. safety: What cops should know about the encryption war

Should individuals be permitted to have a lock that no one but the owner may open? - Full Story
November 19, 2014
How cops’ use of kill switches will be closely scrutinized Val Van Brocklin - Cop Gumbo

How cops’ use of kill switches will be closely scrutinized

Let’s get ahead of this one because we’re presently 0-2 when it comes to the Supreme Court and our techie intrusions - Full Story
September 23, 2014
10 limitations of body cams you need to know for your protection Force Science Institute - Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

10 limitations of body cams you need to know for your protection

A special report from the Force Science Institute - Full Story
September 19, 2014
Law: The loudest voice in use-of-force cases Terrence P. Dwyer, Esq. - Police Liability and Litigation

Law: The loudest voice in use-of-force cases

Whether the mob is a group of angry citizens looting stores or police officers behaving in ways that betray their training and professionalism, the mob is not the answer in this country — it never has been - Full Story
September 17, 2014
How cops can best prepare for a court appearance Val Van Brocklin - Cop Gumbo

How cops can best prepare for a court appearance

A calm, sincere, respectful, open, forthright attitude — no matter who’s asking the questions — will have you credibly winning despite confrontational questions - Full Story
August 27, 2014
7 rules to prevent 'excessive use-of-force' accusations Chuck Joyner - Survival Sciences

7 rules to prevent 'excessive use-of-force' accusations

How do we protect the many officers who have been falsely accused of excessive force and then libeled and slandered in the media? - Full Story



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