In Defense of Self and Others. Issues, Facts, and Fallacies: The Realities of Law Enforcement's Use Of Deadly Force

Urey W. Patrick

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Synopsis: In Defense of Self and Others... comprehensively addresses the issue of the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers. Beginning with a survey and analysis of the legal standards that define the authority of law enforcement officers to use deadly force, the book provides a detailed discussion of the practical elements that affect an officer s capacity to perceive a threat and to respond in an appropriate and timely fashion.

A thorough discussion of "wound ballistics" serves to emphasize the realities and constraints that arise, illustrating that officers do not possess a reliable means of instantaneously stopping a perceived threat and explaining why officers are trained to fire multiple shots. There are additional chapters that discuss tactics and training, physiological factors of high intensity stress, suicide by cop, the effects of policy and training on the ability of officers to make appropriate decisions regarding the use of force, and much more. Numerous case histories are cited to illustrate the points made.

Undoubtedly, the expertise of the authors is the most unique aspect of this book. With their combined experience of almost 60 years in the FBI as Special Agents and FBI Academy instructors, Patrick and Hall s expertise reflects a blend of the legal with the practical that is unprecedented. It is also faithful to the admonition of the Supreme Court of the United States that a proper review of this topic must be from the "perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene." The book stands alone as a source of information for the law enforcement, legal, and educational communities. It will also be of great interest and benefit to the media, and to the general reader who is interested in this important and frequently controversial topic.

About the Author: John C. Hall is an attorney and a retired FBI Agent. A native of Kentucky, he is a graduate of Morehead State University and the University of Louisville School of Law and is a member of the Kentucky Bar. In the course of a 32-year career with the FBI, he served as an investigator, a legal instructor, a firearms instructor, and a SWAT team member. Mr. Hall spent the last several years of his career at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia where he served as a legal instructor and as Unit Chief of the FBI s Firearms Training Unit. He has published numerous articles on constitutional law including the use of deadly force.

Urey W. Patrick graduated from Princeton University in 1968, and served in the U.S. Navy for four years. He began his career with the FBI in April 1973 as an Investigatory Special Agent and was assigned to various U.S. cities. He spent 14 of his 24 years with the Bureau at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, 12 years in the Firearms Training Unit, rising to the position of Assistant Unit Chief and later as the Director of Admissions for the FBI National Academy. Retired since January 1997, Mr. Patrick is now an expert consultant in issues involving use of force, deadly force, police practices and weapon related matters. He testifies throughout the country predominantly on behalf of law enforcement officers/agents being sued in the aftermath of a use of force.

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Title: In Defense of Self and Others. Issues, Facts...
Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
Publication Date: 2005
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