HOW TO INVESTIGATE A POLICE SHOOTING (Session one)

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Session on the Scene Activities

There are a number of police shoots each day around the United States. In California there are many police shootings that are justified. However, there are also a number of police shootings that are not justified. Every officer involved shooting should be investigated by the police department's Officer Involved Shooting team (OIST)to make a determination as to whether or not the shooting was justified. The officers should be statematized and hopefully video taped immediately after the shooting. The officers should be separated from their partner right after the shooting so the officer interview will not be tainted from collateral talk between the officers. There should be a walk through at the scen and there should be a forensic team at the scene. Since the officers all knew the routine and know that there own force officers will conduct the investigation they have a high confidence level that their shooting will be justified espcially if there are no other sources of information. The

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Scene Documentation

You should draw a scene map to scale. You should make detailed measurements documented by video and film. You need to know the color, texture and make up of all the objects at the scene. All areas where there were bullets fired, shell casing expended, blood spatter or flow, foot traffice and all other sources of scen disruption need to be documented. This will help in the reconstruction and simulation as well as the questioning of the police and their experts.

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