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The recent tragic stories of the accidental shooting death of Aiyana James in Detroit and the suicide of NYC officer Michael Pigott following the unintended death of an excited delirium subject in New York illustrate a well-known but rarely-discussed fact of police work. The so-called One Big Mistake (OBM) looms constantly over every officer’s career.

Today we feature part one of a two part series from Practical Police Psychology Columnist Dr. Larry Miller that addresses this sensitive but important issue.

— Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Senior Editor
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