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Rethinking “Show Me Your Hands!”

Officers know that “hands kill” and that they should “watch the hands.” These well-founded concerns are what prompt demands for suspects to “show me your hands!” The irony is that an order to “show me your hands” or “take your hands out of your pockets” may invite the same movement from a compliant suspect as...
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New Study Reveals Facts Of Police-Related Deaths Of Unarmed Subjects

A new study of unarmed individuals who have died this year in confrontations with police reveals illuminating details typically surrounding these events and tends to refute the activist narrative that trigger-happy officers with deadly intent are rampantly targeting black males. After analyzing 125 cases that could be found in which unarmed civilians in the US...
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2 Views On Today’s Law Enforcement Turmoil. What Do You Think?

There’s no shortage of media reports about the police these days, but two recently published pieces have advanced figures and opinions that warrant response by law enforcement professionals. One calls for abandoning traffic stops as a public relations and safety move, an idea that could find fertile ground in today’s anti-cop atmosphere. The other looks...
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Critical Points To Ponder About A “Don’t Shoot At Vehicles” Policy

A growing number of agencies are specifying in policy that moving motor vehicles per se should no longer be considered deadly threats and that officers should not use deadly force to protect themselves or others from vehicular attack. Firing is permitted only when someone inside a vehicle is posing an immediate lethal threat with some...
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Unique New Study Confirms Memory Discrepancies After OISs

New research findings by the Force Science Institute provide fresh evidence that an officer’s ability to accurately remember potentially important details may be significantly compromised after a shooting. “In certain circumstances, these findings may help investigators account for memory discrepancies that might otherwise be interpreted as an officer’s willful effort to be misleading,” FSI’s executive...
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What The “Bad Guy” Saw During FSI’s Vehicle Stop Study

Anyone who has ever played a bad guy with murder on his mind in well-crafted scenario training says it’s an incomparable learning experience. Scott Buhrmaster, vice president of operations for the Force Science Institute, is no exception. “Having the opportunity to observe a traffic stop from the “other side” of the approach over and over...
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