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Title: Police Investigations of the Use of Deadly Force Can Influence Perceptions and Outcomes
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:79  Issue:1  Dated:January 2010  Pages:1-7
Author(s): Shannon Bohrer, M.B.A.; Robert Chaney
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 7
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The article investigates the far-reaching consequences of the use of deadly force and the subsequent police investigations of such use.
Abstract: The law enforcement profession spends valuable time and resources training its officers in the use of force, including deadly force, and the investigations of crimes. This article examines the relationship between these two different events, which can lead to both positive and negative consequences for the police, the public, and the officers involved in the event. Descriptions are presented about the perceptions of deadly use of force from the officer's, the public's, and the department's points of view. Also discussed are the varying elements of an investigation, which include the crime scene, the witnesses, the investigators, the media, and the criminal justice authorities. The authors conclude that many times, the negative consequences that result from an incident of deadly use of force are not from the incident itself but rather from how the investigation was handled and the misrepresentations that resulted from these actions. 19 endnotes
Main Term(s): Police use of deadly force
Index Term(s): Complaints against police; Media coverage; Police community relations; Police internal investigations; Police training; Police-media relations; Professional misconduct; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Resentment
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