LOS ANGELES (AP) – Officers at thousands of law enforcement agencies are wearing tiny cameras to record their interactions with the public, but in many cases the devices are being rolled out faster than departments are able to create policies to govern their use.
According to statistics compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 72 officers were killed by perpetrators in 2011, a 25 percent increase from the previous year and a 75 percent increase from 2008.
The 2011 deaths were the first time that more officers were killed by suspects than car accidents, according to data compiled by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The number was the highest in nearly two decades, excluding those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001 and the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.
You are confronting an armed suspect, no cover available. He faces you, with his gun at his side, pointed at the ground. Your gun is aimed at him and you’re ready to shoot. He ignores your commands to drop his weapon.
Are you justified in pulling the trigger before he makes any move to point his gun at you?
According to conclusions reached by researchers in a unique new reaction-time study, your preemptively shooting under such circumstances may well be considered reasonable by the standards of Graham v. Connor.
Council approves tab tax
$20 annual fee passes 4-3; decision on libraries delayed
Jonathan Brunt The Spokesman-Review
February 15, 2011 - Updated: 7:47 a.m.
The Spokane City Council on Monday approved one new tax and delayed a decision on another.
SLECU IS NOW TAKING DONATIONS
The Spokane Law Enforcement Credit Union has set up a donation account for Sergeant Moore's wife and two children.
WACOPS OPPOSES SB 6218
The WA Council of Police and Sheriffs is opposed to SB 6218, Modifying the Peace Officer Certification Process. We do support holding officers to a higher standard than the general public and believe the concept of this legislation is positive. Our concern is with the unintended consequences of the language.