0 comments on “Everything Is Partisan, Including How Americans View Policing”

Everything Is Partisan, Including How Americans View Policing

What should your first step be in evaluating how your jury pool will view an officer’s use of force?  Here’s a hint – look at the 2016 election results. In preparing for any jury trial, a public entity should assess…

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Do Body Cameras Lead To Fewer Citizen Complaints? A Recent Study Says No.

Last month, the New York Times reported on a recent Washington, D.C. study on the use of police body cameras.  As part of the study, the D.C. Metro police department randomly split 2,000 officers into two groups – one group…

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Body Camera Updates: Proposed Legislation and Pay-Per-View Hype

The Legislature Tries Again:  Will California Law Require Disclosure of Officer-Involved Shooting Videos? In the January 2017 edition of the Burke Beat, we discussed the California Legislature’s inability to reach a consensus on key issues relating to police body-worn cameras,…

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Four Thoughts on County of Los Angeles v. Mendez

Last month, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in County of Los Angeles v. Mendez, overturning the Ninth Circuit’s decision.  As noted in our earlier preview of the pending case, the primary issue before the Supreme Court was whether…

1 comment on “Tactics Matter: How An Otherwise Lawful Officer-Involved Shooting Can Give Rise to Liability Based on an Officer’s Pre-Shooting Conduct”

Tactics Matter: How An Otherwise Lawful Officer-Involved Shooting Can Give Rise to Liability Based on an Officer’s Pre-Shooting Conduct

One of the major trends in law enforcement policies and tactics is an increased emphasis on de-escalation tactics prior to an officer’s use of force. Some agencies have begun to require officers to make an attempt to de-escalate a situation,…