Category: Media Relations

You cannot open social media without finding the newest video of LEOs using force – in many cases deadly force. The clips range from a few seconds to a few minutes. They seem to spread…

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In the face of tragedy, some people get their claws out. I’ve been involved in law enforcement for more than 30 years, and I’ve followed the politics and statements of the NRA for closer to…

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The phrase, “As seen on TV”, became iconic in the 1970s. It was plastered on toys, home products, and tools following televised commercials for the products. It was an added marketing boost when a consumer…

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Those words written in 1934 by Richard B. Smith form the lyrics of one of the most prolific holiday songs, Winter Wonderland. The song has been recorded over 200 times, but the author of those…

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Google “racist cop” and you’ll get more than 2.5 million results. The articles range from specific statements made on social media to snippets of audio from police body and dash cameras. Seemingly everything is interpreted…

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On August 3rd and 4th, I was in Orlando attending another excellent Force Science® class. In December 2015, I attended the five day Force Science® certification course. It was a tremendous training opportunity filled with…

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On May 17, 2017, a jury in Oklahoma acquitted Officer Betty Shelby of First Degree Manslaughter charges filed in connection with the September 2016 shooting of Terrence Crutcher. The shooting was captured live on video…

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I did several media interviews this week about an arrest that was captured on video. While this is not uncommon and I have been asked about videos involving LEOs from around the United States, one…

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Despite all the jokes, attorneys are governed by a lot of rules. There are pages of ethics rules, guidelines, and aspirational goals intended to guide the daily work of my profession. One of those standards…

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Just about every law enforcement agency has a social media policy. I have litigated many disciplinary actions involving them and with few exceptions, there’s not a dime’s difference between any of them. They seem to…

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