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

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

by Joseph K. Loughlin, Kate Clark Flora

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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.

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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

Joseph K. Loughlin is a former assistant chief of police for the City of Portland, Maine, and also served as the commander of the Special Reaction Team and was a team member for more than twenty years. Loughlin is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Command training in Quantico, Virginia. He currently consults for 3SI International Security Systems and functions as a regional coordinator of police trainings and special projects. Loughlin currently resides in South Portland, Maine.

Kate Clark Flora writes true crime, strong women, and police procedurals. A Good Man with a Dog is a memoir she co-wrote with a retired Maine game warden. Her fascination with people's bad behavior began in the Maine attorney general's office, where she chased deadbeat dads and protected battered children. Flora lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

Loughlin and Flora previously collaborated on the true crime story Finding Amy, which was nominated for an Edgar Award.

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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