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Week 363
December 12, 2007
Editor's Note:

One of the articles below reports that Illinois prosecutors are calling for the creation of independent "shoot teams" to investigate officer-involved shootings. We’re interested in your thoughts on departmental vs. independent post-shooting investigations. Add a comment to the article and let us know.

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Responding to a domestic can be extremely dangerous because of the highly-charged emotions involved and likelihood of intoxicated suspects. (AP Photo/A.J. Mast)

Officers from nearly 60 departments in Maryland have begun using a research-based "lethality assessment" checklist in hopes of preventing homicides and suicides that might otherwise evolve from heated domestic disputes.

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Ill. prosecutors don't want police investigating own shootings

COOK COUNTY, Ill. — Cops shouldn't investigate their own in police shootings, a top Cook County prosecutor said Tuesday.

First Assistant State's Attorney Robert Milan said he is suggesting the creation of "shoot teams" responsible only for investigating police-involved shootings.

The teams would report directly to the new Independent Police Review Authority — and not the Chicago Police superintendent ... Full Story

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Acclimating eyesight to darkness

Going into a bar or other dark place from bright sunlight can leave you at a tactical disadvantage.

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