Shots Fired: The Misunderstandings, Misconceptions, and Myths about Police Shootings

Shots Fired: The Misunderstandings, Misconceptions, and Myths about Police Shootings

Shots Fired: The Misunderstandings, Misconceptions, and Myths about Police Shootings

Shots Fired: The Misunderstandings, Misconceptions, and Myths about Police Shootings

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Get a deeper understanding of police shootings through interviews with officers involved in real-life cases

Today’s media is filled with discussions about officer-involved shootings. Too often missing from that discussion are the police officers’ voices and the reality of what happens in actual shooting incidents. Through interviews with involved officers, this book addresses common myths and misunderstandings about these shootings.

Shots Fired is a journey “behind the shield” and the experiences of the real human beings behind the badge. It explores true events through the participants’ own eyes and takes readers inside the minds of officers during the actual event. The officers detail the roller coaster of emotions and severe trauma experienced during and after a shooting event.

Along with the intimate, in-depth explorations of the incidents themselves, the book touches the aftermath of police-involved shootings—the debriefings, internal and external investigations, and psychological evaluations. It challenges many commonly held assumptions created by the media such as the meaning of “unarmed” and why the police can’t just “shoot him in the leg,” creating an understanding that reaches beyond slogans such as “hands up, don’t shoot.”

The book is valuable reading for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of police shootings—officers and police departments, reporters and politicians, and the public who rely on the police to keep them safe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510722767
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 10/24/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kate Flora has published fourteen mystery and true crime books. Her titles include Finding Amy, an Edgar Award nominee, Death Dealer, an Agatha and Anthony finalist and 2015 Public Safety Writers Association Award-winner for Best Non-fiction, Grant You Peace, a Joe Burgess police procedural and winner of the 2015 Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction, and the Thea Kozak mysteries. A former Maine assistant attorney general, Kate lives in Harpswell, Maine.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Current Crisis in American Policing ix

Introduction xiii

Part I Myths and Misconceptions

Chapter 1 The Things that People Believe 3

Chapter 2 The Harm that Misreporting Does 17

Part II Training and De-Escalation

Chapter 3 Why Not Use Less-Lethal Force? 31

Chapter 4 The Real World of Use of Force Training 47

Chapter 5 De-escalation Has Always Been Our Goal 65

Chapter 6 What "Hands Up" Can Really Mean 71

Part III Stopping the Threat

Chapter 7 Stopping the Threat 93

Chapter 8 What Would You Have Me Do? 109

Chapter 9 In Defense of Self and Others 145

Chapter 10 Suicide by Cop 163

Chapter 11 Fear and Perceptual Distortions 189

Chapter 12 Why Did You Have to Kill Him? 195

Chapter 13 Sometimes They Won't Stop 207

Part IV Loss and Redemption

Chapter 14 Lost Brothers and Sisters 239

Chapter 15 Let's Give It to the Cops 271

Chapter 16 Where Do We Go from Here? 287

Acknowledgments 299

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