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Anatomy Of An Officer’s Defense In A High-Profile Shooting (Part 2)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last September in a volatile case that drew international attention, Betty Shelby, a white police officer in Tulsa, OK, was charged with first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting an uncooperative black man she thought was reaching into his SUV for a gun to use against her. No weapon was found, and Shelby was accused...
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ED Expert Seeks Your Experiences With “Bath Salts” Drug Abusers

An expert on excited delirium is reaching out through Force Science News for first-hand accounts from officers who have encountered suspects high on so-called “bath salts.” At least one LEO—a sheriff’s deputy from Mississippi, responding to a disturbance call—has been killed, reportedly by an offender under the influence of psychoactive bath salts. In that case,...
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Emergency Doctors Confirm Excited Delirium Does Exist

It’s now official: In a move strongly supportive of law enforcement, a special investigative task force of the American College of Emergency Physicians has formally declared that the violent and sometimes lethal phenomenon known as “excited delirium” really does exist. Some police critics have insisted that ED is nothing more than a convenient concept “manufactured”...
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