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Key considerations for good use-of-force policies Terrence P. Dwyer, Esq. - Police Liability and Litigation

Key considerations for good use-of-force policies

The potential liability in any use-of-force situation begins prior to an incident - Full Story


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Defeating the 'Tactical Error Defense' Sgt. Steve "Pappy" Papenfuhs - Training to Think

Defeating the 'Tactical Error Defense'

The 'tactical error defense' in the case of a California couple's assault on a police officer sheds light on the importance of thoroughly documenting an officer's use of force - Full Story


2010 sees fewest fatal police shootings for NYPD

NYPD officers are firing fewer times and the number of people killed by police bullets each year has hovered around a dozen during the past decade - Full Story


Video: St. Louis PD investigates filmed 'beating'

A YouTube video surfaced showing a city officer hitting a man with his nightstick - Full Story


Victim's brother accuses NJ police of excessive force in fatal shooting

"We expected them to subdue him and take him to the hospital," the brother said after the shooting Tuesday - Full Story


Pa. man who shot cop on New Year's was sought in another shooting

Also shot a security guard in the back of the neck at a gas station and then robbed the victim while he lay bleeding - Full Story


Video: KC man claims traffic-stop brutality

The Kansas City Police Department says the officer did exactly what he is trained to do to take control of the situation - Full Story

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