A Call for Additional Training & Accountability.


Since 9/11, we have seen money allocated for training purposes being depleted in order to fund needed equipment to respond to terrorism within the borders of the United States.  The Gala Group recognizes that our society is quite concerned with the excessive use of force by a small number of police officers in the United States. Although there are decisions that address the use of deadly physical force [Tennessee v. Gardner, 471 U.S. 1 (1985), and Graham v. Connor, 490 U.S. 386 (1989)] and provide guidance to law enforcement personnel, there continues to be a question to some law enforcement officers as to the point where the degree of force changes, and this is where the expertise of the trainers at TGG becomes invaluable.


The following are recent incidents of questionable use of deadly physical force:



Police officers prosecuted for use of deadly force

http://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/investigations/police-shootings/


Incidents:


1.

July 29, 2015 - University of Cincinnati Officer Indicted in Shooting Death of Samuel Dubose

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/30/us/university-of-cincinnati-officer-indicted-in-shooting-death-of-motorist.html?_r=0


University of Cincinnati police officer who shot man during traffic stop charged with murder

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/07/29/prosecutors-to-announce-conclusion-of-probe-into-cincinnati-campus-police-shooting/



2.

Texas: Trooper in traffic stop violated policy

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/07/17/texas-jailed-woman-suicide-sandra-bland/30284367/



3.

Six Officers Charged with Baltimore Suspect’s Death

-- State’s attorney says arrest was illegal and treatment in custody amounted to murder

Fri., May 1, 2015

http://e1.lom-media.com/c.html?ufl=6&rtr=on&s=x9w556,gw7n,1s9,e1w4,gs0q,97v6,bm7i

April 23, 2015: (3) Friends: Man's death after arrest reveals Baltimore dynamics

http://www.mail.com/news/us/3496340-friends-mans-death-arrest-reveals-baltimore-dynamics.html#.23140-stage-mostviewed1-1

Tues., April 21, 2015:  (2) Freddie Gray in Baltimore: Another City, Another Death in the Public Eye

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/22/us/baltimore-police-officers-suspended-in-freddie-gray-inquiry-are-identified.html?mabReward=A2

(1) Baltimore Officers Suspended Over Death of Freddie Gray Are Identified



4.

Mon. April 13, 2015; Tulsa deputy charged with 2nd-degree manslaughter

http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/13/us/tulsa-police-shooting-eric-harris-deputy-charged/index.html

Video

http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/12/us/tulsa-police-shooting-video/index.html



5.

2015 APR 10th - 10 Calif. deputies put on leave after suspect's beating

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/04/10/california-deputies-beat-suspected-horse-thief/25592431/



6.

2015 APR 8th: South Carolina Officer Is Charged With Murder of Walter Scott

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/08/us/south-carolina-officer-is-charged-with-murder-in-black-mans-death.html?_r=0



7.

February 27, 2015:  Lawyer:  2nd autopsy in police shooting contradicts officials

http://www.mail.com/news/us/3384694-lawyer-2nd-autopsy-police-shooting-contradicts-officials.html#.3496282-stage-related1-3

Lawyer: Second autopsy shows officers shot man from behind

http://www.mail.com/news/us/3379932-lawyer-second-autopsy-officers-shot-man.html#.3384694-stage-related1-2


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