Week 15 Post

Welcome To The Street

Good Morning, Officer your weekly shift briefing has arrived.

This week has been a wild ride in law enforcement. Four officers were shot and killed in Charlotte, NC while attempting to serve a warrant. A former sex trafficking investigator who tipped off establishments for sexual favors was sentenced, and the NAACP, or as one of my co-workers mistakingly called it the (NCAA) is in Canton, OH raising hell after a man fought with police and died.

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Training Tip: 
Stop Leaving People in the Prone Position”

If you haven't been keeping up with recent news, two officers in Alameda, California, have been charged with misconduct, despite being cleared by a previous prosecutor two years earlier. They were involved in an altercation with a man under the influence of methamphetamine and alcohol. After a struggle, the man, left handcuffed and prone—similar to George Floyd—became unresponsive minutes later. A similar case has also emerged in Canton, Ohio. While the use of force might be justified in these instances, the real issue lies in leaving individuals in a prone position.

In 1995, the Department of Justice acknowledged this risk and issued a bulletin to all law enforcement agencies linked here.

We won’t delve into all the specifics, but the main point to remember is this:

After any altercation, immediately check on the individual's condition. If they are handcuffed in the prone position, move them off their stomach as soon as possible—preferably onto their sides, or even better, into a seated position.

This is particularly crucial if you suspect the individual is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

To all Sergeants, Lieutenants, and Administrators reading this: Ensure your teams are aware and properly trained.

In the Canton PD case, the officers had just graduated from the academy in 2022, so it’s unclear if they were trained in this procedure. To reduce liability for your department, train your officers to recognize and prevent Positional Asphyxiation.

Look into these Cases Yourself

Link to the Alameda, CA Case
Link to the Canton, OH Case
Body Cam Footage of the Canton Case.


Officer Down

This week we lost 6 officers in the line of duty. One of those deaths occurred early yesterday morning in Utah and the Officer’s name has yet to be released.

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