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February 04, 2015
How ‘broken windows’ policing devolved into a false narrative of racism Sgt. Glenn French - SWAT Operator

How ‘broken windows’ policing devolved into a false narrative of racism

The premise that there is a systemic racial problem in American law enforcement is simply unfounded and without merit - Full Story
February 02, 2015
7 findings from first-ever study on body cameras Force Science Institute - Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

7 findings from first-ever study on body cameras

For 12 months, Rialto’s 54 frontline officers all were assigned randomly to wear or not wear TASER HD Axon Flex video/audio cameras attached to their clothing during each of their 12-hr. shifts - Full Story
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 09, 2015
Why cops need ‘decision space’ and how to create it Paul C. Wood - Dominating Your Operational Environment

Why cops need ‘decision space’ and how to create it

Our goal in any tactical situation should be to posture ourselves in a way that maximizes our time to decide and act while dominating the situation in time and space - 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 18, 2014
Why cops don't 'shoot to injure' P1 Community - The Question

Why cops don't 'shoot to injure'

A question posted recently on Quora asked, “Why aren't U.S. cops trained to "shoot to... - Full Story
December 04, 2014
5 things police leaders can do to better report violence against officers Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D. - Passion for the Job

5 things police leaders can do to better report violence against officers

There is a vast under-reporting on assaults against our officers, and it is not the fault of the FBI — it is the fault of police leadership - Full Story
November 24, 2014
Why Officer Darren Wilson wasn't indicted Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - Be Advised...

Why Officer Darren Wilson wasn't indicted

A cop may use lethal force when he or she “reasonably believes that the action is in defense of human life, including the officer's own life” and in the Ferguson incident, that’s precisely what happened - Full Story
November 19, 2014
Amid shooting furors, politicians get a special “training day” Force Science Institute - Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

Amid shooting furors, politicians get a special “training day”

The St. Louis Police Officers Association invited about 60 elected officials to a day of immersion training in hopes of opening their eyes and minds to the realities behind the badge - Full Story



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