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Why Did He Shoot? Part II

Oct 17, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

Last week I addressed the Laquan McDonald shooting by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke and the absolute need to use unbiased critical thinking when analyzing the event. I specifically wrote about the default and immediate characterization of any perceived wrong by a police officer as an abuse of power because of one, or all, of the following reasons: Racism (individual and/or systemic) A callous, remorseless, violent and cruel poli... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Suspect Pulls Gun on Deputies

Oct 17, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As reported by  A man who grabbed a loaded gun during a traffic stop told a deputy that he was "just trying to get away," body camera video provided by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office shows. Deputy Devin LaFoucade pulled the unidentified man over Sunday night. It's unclear what prompted the initial traffic stop. When LaFoucade asks the man to step out of the car, the man admits that he has a bag of marijuana on him,... Full Article »

VIDEO: Man Fatally Shot after Crashing Vehicle, Shooting on Police

Oct 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As reported by the Officials at the Attorney General’s Office have concluded police used reasonable force when they shot and killed a man after a high-speed chase in Rochester this summer. Douglas Heath, 38, was shot up to 15 times after he pulled a stolen semiautomatic pistol on police and began firing the afternoon of Aug. 20. On Thursday afternoon, Senior Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley went through an hour-long... Full Article »

Why Did He Shoot?

Oct 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

Last week Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery for the fatal shooting of knife wielding Laquan McDonald. The 16 counts were related to every bullet the officer fired at the man. All rounds came out of his service weapon in two bursts of gunfire, the second of which occurred while the teenager was lying on the ground. Van Dyke faces a minimum 10 years in prison. Living... Full Article »

Leadership Without Title

Oct 09, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training

Leadership is a vital component to any given organization and it can be argued that leadership or the lack thereof can lead to the success or demise of an organization. Throughout the years in my law enforcement career I have noticed a couple of key takeaways about leadership. One thing that’s become evident to me is that not everyone understands the true meaning of leadership. There are many who believe that leaders have to possess a title i... Full Article »

BODYCAM : Seattle Police Respond to a “Swatting” Call, Create PSA

Oct 03, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As reported by Seattle police are grappling with a new and potentially dangerous kind of prank called 'swatting.' That's where the prankster calls 9-1-1 on a friend or unsuspecting enemy and reports a fake crime like hostage situations, shootings or other acts of violence. The idea is to scare the intended victim by sending police to their home, sometimes with weapons drawn. A Wichita, Kansas man was killed last year in a 'swattin... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Police Shootout in Baltimore

Oct 03, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As the Baltimore Sun has reported:  A Baltimore man fired 10 rounds at two city police officers before he was killed in a shootout last month, police said Monday. The Baltimore Police Department unveiled new details surrounding the police-involved shooting Monday afternoon at a news conference, where interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle and police spokesman T.J. Smith showed body-camera footage from the shooting and discussed the officers... Full Article »

The Myth of Pain Compliance

Oct 02, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Officer Safety & Survival & Training

Almost 20 years ago, I attended a conference and listened to law enforcement trainer Phil Messina talk about the problems of using pain compliance to stop a violent attacker. This was well before I went into law enforcement myself, and, at the time, I scratched my head and wondered why he was spending so much of the limited class time to make an argument that seemed self-evident. After all, the act of attacking someone is inherently painful. If s... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Man Fatally Shot After Pointing Gun at Deputies

Sep 25, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As reported by  Video released by the Douglas County (Colo.) Sheriff's Office shows a man opening a car door and pointing a handgun at deputies during an Aug. 31 incident. All three deputies on the scene shot and killed the man. Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock released the video and images during a news conference on Monday. Spurlock said deputies pulled over the vehicle for a traffic violation on Highway 85 just north ... Full Article »

Street Survival II: The Legacy Continues

Sep 25, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Crawford Coates

There would be no Calibre Press without Street Survival: Tactics for Armed Encounters. Printed in March of 1980, the book was written by Special Agent Ronald J. Adams, Lt. Thomas M. McTernan, and Charles Remsberg—an instant classic. [caption id="attachment_11473" align="alignright" width="178"] The legacy continues: Available today![/caption] “When you look at line-of-duty deaths over time,” says Dale Stockton, a retired Carlsbad (Cal... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Officer Shot During Deadly Shootout with Robbery Suspect

Sep 25, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As reported by  DENVER -- A police officer was justified in shooting a man suspected of robbing a Capitol Hill convenience store at gunpoint and will not face charges, the Denver District Attorney's Office said Wednesday. Body camera video of the shooting was released by prosecutors. According to District Attorney Beth McCann's decision letter, an employee ran outside and flagged down two Denver police officers on June 13 when Ca... Full Article »

Making Criticism Constructive

Sep 20, 2018 in Education & Leadership & Training
By Sam DiGiovanna

Police officers are typically a straightforward, direct bunch. They’ll tell you when they think you’re doing something wrong, or when you could be doing it better. And mostly that’s good—we can’t afford to be dancing around one another’s feelings when we’re  in a foot pursuit or working to keep an unruly crowd in control. What we so freely dish out, however, we first responders aren't always so good at accepting. Being at the rece... Full Article »

Police & Group Identity

Sep 20, 2018 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Jesse Williams & Randy Larcher

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he today that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother…” Shakespeare’s Henry V, Act IV Human history is a repeated dialogue of division. From the earliest times, humans have divided themselves into groups and then competed with other groups for territory, resources, or other priorities. Examples of this propensity abound, from The Crusades to the religious, ethnic, and gang wars of ... Full Article »

DASHCAM: LAPD Officer Shot at Traffic Stop

Sep 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press reports:  Videos showing the moment a man begins firing at two Los Angeles Police Department officers in North Hills — before he's shot multiple times by one of them — were released by LAPD on Monday after the shooting left him dead and another officer injured. The man seen shooting at officers, 32-year-old Richard Mendoza, was pulled over for an "investigative stop" in the 9400 block of Noble Avenue on the night of July 27, acc... Full Article »

To Be Your Own Cornerman

Sep 10, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By David Magnusson

I start off with a quote from Sylvester Stallone. No, not, “Yo, Adrian.” And surely not, “Absolutely.” Rather, I start this article with something rather profound, “If you think people are inherently good, you get rid of the police for 24 hours. See what happens.” Yes, Sylvester Stallone said that. I got to meet him when he lived in Miami for a while. The Miami Police Department served the area he resided in. He’s a gentleman. I ... Full Article »

September: A Month to Remember

Sep 10, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Dave Grossi

September is a very significant month for law enforcement. Of course, we’ll always remember September 11, 2001, more commonly referred as simply “9/11,” the date when our country was attacked. For those of us in the profession, it also bears significance in that 114 of our LE brothers and sisters lost their lives either on 9/11/01 or from complications from the aftermath of the rescue and recovery efforts thereafter. That’s right … 11... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Man Tased Multiple Times, Dies 3 Days Later

Sep 06, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

The Tulsa World reports:  The Tulsa Police Department on Saturday released body camera footage showing a 25-year-old man being tased by officers last month during an encounter inside a downtown bank. Three days after the altercation, the man died in a local hospital. The video shows Joshua Harvey’s interaction with officers the morning of Aug. 24 at Arvest Bank, 502 S. Main Street. After Harvey apparently broke a glass door and entered the b... Full Article »

BODYCAM: K-9 Nabs Fleeing Suspect

Sep 06, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press reports:  A Florida K9 officer is being hailed a hero after he helped take down a robbery suspect who fled from a traffic stop by biting him, an incident which was caught on police body camera footage. K9 Shep, of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, was with Deputy Nick Carmack on Tuesday as he tried to stop an allegedly stolen vehicle, Fox 13 reported. Authorities said the driver of the vehicle fled from the officer, turned into ... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Attorney Alleges No Assault Depicted in Video

Sep 06, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As reported by Orangeburg, S.C., Public Safety officers said Demetrius Jamison assaulted an officer, Officer Miles, during his arrest in April. They charged him with Assault and Battery of a high and aggravated nature. That charge means he's accused, but not convicted. Jamison spent 127 days behind bars for several charges but he and his attorney say there's no proof one charge in particular-- the assault. “We're here today to clea... Full Article »

Of Rookies: Rekindling the Blue Flame

Sep 06, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training

Every time we start reading anything that starts with “Once upon a time …” we can almost predict that the closing will end with something like “… and they lived happily ever after.” Most of the time such stories share epic tales with a message in the background, like those stories of police “rookies.” For most police veterans the word rookie carries a negative connotation of inexperience, overzealousness, curiosity and everything... Full Article »