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Law enforcement officers have used force against vehicles and subjects that were perceived as still moving and/or threatening, though in actuality, the subjects may have stopped or paused. How and why does this human perception occur?

“Persistence” is a term used to ref...

There are times, when a law enforcement use of force is evaluated in public by a law enforcement executive, politician, the media, and/or a societal commentator, with a complicated, subjective, and possibly criminal, narrative then provided for the reason the event occ...

Following the murders of five Dallas Police Department officers in July 2016, Chief David Brown ended the suspect's violent activity and subsequent standoff when a pound of plastic explosive was delivered by a bomb disposal robot. The ensuing explosion killed the suspe...

The use of force against a driver or occupant of a moving vehicle by a law enforcement officer has been a source of public criticism and, in some cases, results in the criminal prosecution of the officer. Some law enforcement executives responded by implementing policy...

Following their significant use of force, some law enforcement officers state, “I was in fear of my life.” Resultant criticisms of the use of force can be centered on the officer’s use of the word “fear.” When commenting on a law enforcement use(s) of force, persons un...

During a law enforcement use of force investigation, or following a jury’s decision, one may hear a criticism to the effect of, “If a civilian did that, they would be

arrested and going to prison.” Some obvious questions then become, “Is a civilian use of force treated...

Sometimes the result a single critical incident, communities and law enforcement agencies may organize a civilian oversight board to independently review 

police conduct and complaints in an effort to provide accountability and influence reform. Typically, a civilian ov...

The human sympathetic nervous system (SNS) releases adrenaline into the body during elevated states of arousal (stress). This “fight or flight” response

prepares the body to address a perceived threat, and can begin before the brain fully recognizes the threat’s potenti...

The conscious mind can process approximately 100 pieces of information a second, of the potential 2,000,000 bits of information that could be available for

our brains to process at any one time. Located in the human brain stem, the Reticular Activating System (RAS) cont...

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