“Sleep On It! ; Sleep, Memory and the Officer Interview”

By |2018-10-10T11:20:14+00:00October 10th, 2018|Categories: Expert Witness, Use of Force Analysis|

Inspector (Ret.) Chris Butler New Research Improves Understanding of the Relationship between Sleep and Memory Consolidation Decades of research on memory formation has advanced our understanding of how we perceive events, the role of heuristics and context cues – how we see what we expect to see even if the anticipated stimulus was not present, [...]

Does Handcuffed Equal Harmless?

By |2018-09-05T11:53:26+00:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: Expert Witness, Use of Force Analysis|Tags: , , |

I was recently involved in a use of force investigation where two police officers utilized physical force on an arrest who was handcuffed. The officers had a drawn-out battle with the suspect to get him into handcuffs during the arrest and were escorting him to the police vehicle when he again began to vigorously resist [...]

“The Gun Just Went Off, I Didn’t Pull The Trigger, Honest!” Part 6

By |2018-08-06T22:09:25+00:00August 6th, 2018|Categories: Use of Force Analysis|Tags: , , , |

Unintended Firearms Discharges in Law Enforcement – Principle and Contributory Causes Part 6 of 7 Inspector (Ret) Chris Butler Well welcome back to this week’s study on untended discharges. Last week, in Part 5, we explored the ‘hand confusion’ effect and how the brain can be tricked to confuse one hand with the other. The [...]

When to Interview?

By |2018-08-02T21:52:01+00:00August 2nd, 2018|Categories: Use of Force Analysis|Tags: , , |

Inspector (Ret) Chris Butler On July 31st the Washington Post published a very thought-provoking article by Tom Jackman dealing with the issue of critical incidents, such as officer-involved shootings, and whether it is better to delay the officer interview or interview the officer immediately. If you have not read the article, I highly suggest you [...]

“The Gun Just Went Off, I Didn’t Pull The Trigger, Honest!” Part 5

By |2018-08-01T08:48:22+00:00August 1st, 2018|Categories: Use of Force Analysis|

Unintended Firearms Discharges in Law Enforcement – Principle and Contributory Causes; Part 5 of 7 Inspector (Ret) Chris Butler Welcome back to our study into the causes of unintended discharges in law enforcement. If you have been reading along as we have explored this issue, you will recall that in Part  we took a look [...]

“The Gun Just Went Off! I Didn’t Pull The Trigger, Honest!” Part 4

By |2018-07-23T08:58:35+00:00July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Use of Force Analysis|

Unintended Firearms Discharges in Law Enforcement – Principle and Contributory Causes; Part 4 of 7 Inspector (Ret) Chris Butler Welcome back to Part 4 of our study into the causes of unintended discharges in law enforcement. If you have been reading along as we have explored this issue, you will recall that in Part 3 [...]

“The Gun Just Went Off! I didn’t Pull The Trigger, Honest!” Part 3

By |2018-07-20T09:35:36+00:00July 15th, 2018|Categories: Use of Force Analysis|

Unintended Firearms Discharges in Law Enforcement – Principle and Contributory Causes - Part 3 of 7 Inspector (Ret) Chris Butler Welcome back to our discussion on the causes of unintended discharges. If you missed the first two articles, I highly suggest reading those before undertaking this session. You can find the series at my website [...]

“The Gun Just Went Off! I Didn’t Pull the Trigger, Honest!” Part 2

By |2018-07-20T09:35:28+00:00July 9th, 2018|Categories: Use of Force Analysis|

Unintended Firearms Discharges in Law Enforcement – Principle and Contributory Causes - Part 2 of a 7 part series Inspector (Ret.) Chris Butler In Part 1 of our exploration of unintended discharges in law enforcement, we briefly explored the seriousness of this issue. Every year in north American law enforcement officers are experiencing unintended discharges [...]

“The Gun Just Went Off! I Didn’t Pull the Trigger, Honest!” Part 1

By |2018-07-20T09:35:19+00:00July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Use of Force Analysis|

Unintended Firearms Discharges in Law Enforcement – Principle and Contributory Causes - Part 1 of a 7 Part Series. Inspector (Ret.) Chris Butler Aside from the profoundly rare instances of firearms discharging as a result of an inherent mechanical malfunction, there are several other causes of unintended firearm discharges,  as a result of human performance [...]