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Use of Force

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In a recent case, the court reviews police use of force on a compliant subject over the course of a traffic stop
Tactical critiques are extremely valuable — the challenge is understanding the nuances between a tactical critique and a force reasonableness analysis
Imagine how policing could improve if instead of just investigating incidents to find blame, we also investigated incidents to learn how to avoid them happening in the first place
The Supreme Court isn’t as anxious to reinforce the doctrine of qualified immunity as some critics claim
A tense hostage situation unfolded in a McDonald’s parking lot, where a suspect held a woman at knifepoint inside a semi-truck
The county attorney who brought the charges argued that Trooper Ryan Londregan’s use of force was unjustified in the shooting of Ricky Cobb II
Sgt. Erik Duran pleaded not guilty at his arraignment
Salvador Sanchez was holding his young son at a Costco when he was knocked to the ground from behind; Sanchez opened fire seconds later, fatally wounding the man
Front-line supervisors play a key role in managing use-of-force incidents by shaping training and upholding standards in police agencies
After multiple attempts to subdue the man with a TASER, the officer shot him when he drew a gun from his pant leg; the suspect had been driving a car implicated in a recent robbery
The suspect was shot after she pointed a handgun at an officer; she was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead
Court rules that jury could find officer’s application of a knee to a mentally ill subject’s back beyond that necessary to control him
The actions of Officer Michael Tschida serve as a valuable case study for officers to learn from and adapt their response strategies in similar high-risk situations