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VIDEO: Huntington Beach Officer Fatally Shoots Man [GRAPHIC]

Sep 22, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From KTLA.com: Videos posted on Twitter Friday morning show a Huntington Beach police officer struggling with and then firing multiple times on a man who collapses in front of a 7-Eleven. Police say the man was hospitalized and later died. A video tweeted by @Cali_Funk1 shows a police shooting in Huntington Beach on Sept. 22, 2017. A 17-second video of the incident was initially posted to Twitter just after 9:30 a.m. It shows an officer firi... Full Article »

The Decoy

Sep 22, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today
By Dave Grossi

[Publisher’s Note: Humor in Blue is a new column by Calibre Press alum Dave Grossi. Similar in style to his hilarious eight-part Lawyers I’ve Known series, these eight stories have been gleaned from the warped mind of Dave himself. The names of the players have been changed, the locations masked (somewhat), a few embellishments added here and there, and some of the characters, while real people, combined and/or merged for brevity’s sake. Al... Full Article »

What Nearly Happened

Sep 22, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Crawford Coates

I recently asked a very knowledgeable university-level researcher who studies police and, specifically, the effects of fatigue on officer performance a simple question: “Can you name a case in which officer fatigue was identified as contributing to a bad outcome?” He never got back to me. So I asked around and everyone basically said the same thing: Identifying fatigue as a contributor in a less-than-optimal outcome would open the agency ... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Officer Detains Autistic Teen

Sep 20, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From azcentral.com: Police body-camera footage shows a Buckeye police officer detaining a 14-year-old boy with autism after he became suspicious of the boy, who was practicing one of his calming techniques at the time. The Buckeye Police Department has said they think the officer reacted to a reasonable suspicion, but the family's attorney says there is insufficient training for officers to deal with people on the autism spectrum, something the... Full Article »

The Power of Thinking Small

Sep 20, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Jesse Williams & Randy Larcher

A few months ago I listened to retired Ohio State Highway Patrol Captain Bob Welsh discuss the phenomenon known as “the butterfly effect.” The butterfly effect in essence posits that when a butterfly flaps its wings in one part of the world, the ripple effect can cause a hurricane on the other side of the world. Our actions, however small they may seem at the time, can likewise have far-reaching consequences. Bob has a way of captivating aud... Full Article »

Dear Seattle Seahawks,

Sep 15, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Calibre Press

[Publisher's Note: We received the following letter from a Seattle-area officer, written in response to the controversy surrounding Michael Bennett's detention in Las Vegas after a suspected active shooter incident. Football--like everything else it seems--has of recent become rife with controversies. But seldom have we heard from how they affect police. If you aren't familiar with the Bennett incident, a timeline is appended to the end of the ar... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Sergeant Slaps Groin of Handcuffed Suspect

Sep 13, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Training & Video
By Calibre Press

From the Evansville Courier & Press:  A former assistant police chief's five-day suspension for excessive force has been approved by the Police Merit Commission. Sgt. Rob Hahn was suspended five days without pay and chose not to appeal that order, but new details about the incident that led to the suspension were released to the public Monday. Body cam video released Monday by the Evansville Police Department showed Hahn shoving a handc... Full Article »

VIDEO: Viral Citation of Berkeley Hotdog Vendor

Sep 13, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From CBSNews.com:  A video showing a University of California, Berkeley police officer ticketing a hot dog vendor, rifling through his wallet and confiscating his money has caused an outcry across social media. CBS San Francisco reports the incident happened on Saturday outside of a university football game. Martin Flores says he was buying food for his children and turned on the camera when an officer stopped the vendor to ticket him ... Full Article »

Protecting & Serving Protesters

Sep 13, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Joseph Padilla

One of the freedoms we enjoy in the United States is the right to speak our minds and protest without fear of retaliation. For years I’ve participated and watched law enforcement officers attempt to protect these rights by maintaining control and keeping everyone safe at protests and demonstrations. In doing this, police officers are the visible form of authority and, unfortunately, become most at risk. I’ve observed that as people participat... Full Article »

The Equifax breach: What It Means for the Street Cop

Sep 13, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By Elijah Woodward

By now you’ve probably heard that the credit reporting company Equifax is having a very bad year. Last week it was announced that the personal information on about 143 million Americans had possibly been compromised. Here’s what we know so far. Not a whole lot, other than that their response sucks. If you go to the website they set up and type in your information to see if you were involved, it’s almost guaranteed to say you were. Yes, ... Full Article »

VIDEO: Texas Women Slips Out of Cuffs, Steals Cruiser

Sep 06, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

Texas police published video Tuesday showing a shoplifting suspect slipping out of her handcuffs, stealing a police SUV and leading officers on a breathtaking high-speed chase. The woman, identified as Toscha Fay Sponsler, 33, of Pollok, Texas, ran away from Lufkin police officers responded to a call of a possible shoplifter at a beauty supply store on Saturday, police said in a statement Tuesday. After the officers ran her down on foot, Spons... Full Article »

Our 3D Printed Future

Sep 05, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Mark Tallman

In this installment on technology, crime, and DIY weapons, we'll examine the status of "3D printed" guns. In my own research, I found that the criminal implications are still largely over-hyped. However, 3D printed guns are improving, and they will eventually appeal for crime under some (comparatively limited) circumstances.i In a more general sense, printable guns are one of the first issues to invite serious discussion about the security impac... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Rounds Slipping Through Our Armor

Sep 05, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Shawn Perron

Just recently I received a message from a close friend. Most all of us have gotten it, and for me the frequency has become alarming, heartbreaking, and hard to swallow. It usually comes in a text or a call or email. That dreaded message is usually sent in the form of a question. It starts off like this, “Hey, man have you heard about so-and-so from such and such?” Yep. It never ends up being anything close to good. Never is it news about wi... Full Article »

HUMOR IN BLUE: Night Court

Sep 04, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today
By Dave Grossi

[Publisher’s Note: Humor in Blue is a new column by Calibre Press alum Dave Grossi. Similar in style to his hilarious eight-part Lawyers I’ve Known series, these eight stories have been gleaned from the warped mind of Dave himself. The names of the players have been changed, the locations masked (somewhat), a few embellishments added here and there, and some of the characters, while real people, combined and/or merged for brevity’s sake. Al... Full Article »

VIDEO: Nurse Arrested for Refusing Blood-Draw of Unconscious Suspect

Sep 01, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From the Salt Lake City Tribune:  A nurse says she was assaulted and illegally arrested by a Salt Lake City police detective for following a hospital policy that does not allow blood draws from unconscious patients. Footage from University Hospital and officer body cameras shows Detective Jeff Payne and nurse Alex Wubbels in a standoff over whether the policeman should be allowed to get a blood sample from a patient who had been inju... Full Article »

Imagine This

Aug 31, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By

I really wrestled with writing this because I did not want this piece to appear disingenuous, as if I was searching for professional sympathy or was trying to engage in the woe-is-us. I wrestled with the disconnect between what law enforcement professionals really deal with and what our communities think we deal with. I did not want my ideas of that disconnect to serve as a further wedge between that supportive and valued community and those... Full Article »

VIDEO: Houston Chief’s Emotional Press Conference

Aug 30, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From NPR.org: Houston Police say 60-year-old Sgt. Steve Perez, trying to get to work despite Hurricane Harvey, drowned in his patrol car in floodwaters. [caption id="attachment_10170" align="alignright" width="200"] Rest in peace, Sgt. Steve Perez.[/caption] In a somber news conference Tuesday afternoon, Police Chief Art Acevedo said Perez's wife, Cheryl, had asked her husband not to report to work Sunday morning. But Perez, who had been... Full Article »

Playing with Emotion

Aug 29, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By

I remember almost every football coach I’ve ever had telling me to, “Get mad! Get angry!” at one point or another. It was a good life lesson at the time. It taught me how to use that anger to push passed the point of what I thought I could do. It taught me how to dig into the hidden reserves that we all possess but few of us ever learn to tap into, the much talked about 40% rule. Today I am no longer a football player, or a boxer, or wres... Full Article »

Auditory Exclusion is Real

Aug 24, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Crawford Coates

Last week I wrote a piece that elicited an overwhelming response from this readership. And the conclusion: Auditory exclusion most certainly does exist. And not just for cops. I heard from firefighters, EMTs, hunters, and researchers, and every one of them in the affirmative. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Here’s a representative email I received from Michael G.: Hello, I have been in law enforcement for 10 yea... Full Article »

Controlling a Person Isn’t Like It is on TV

Aug 23, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

“It was very uncomfortable. It was disturbing to watch.” That’s what the Euclid, Ohio, mayor said about a recent physical altercation between one of the city’s police officers and a motorist. She’s right: It is uncomfortable and disturbing to watch. That doesn’t mean, however, that the officer’s actions were wrong, a violation of policy, or criminal in nature. Fantasy vs. Reality I’ve been around law enforcement, to some de... Full Article »