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Police Procedures Expert Witness Articles

Expert police procedure witnesses discuss how they help lawyers win their cases. They may assist in testimony on a variety of matters including confessions, arrests, search warrants, patrol procedures and tactics, and other such practices.

  • Expert Witness Explains Modern Police Practices in Civil Litigation

    Police practices come under scrutiny when arrests are made. When the activity may require more force than usual, injury occurs or an action goes against what has been perceived as the law, civil litigation may be the end result and an expert witness may be needed to explain these practices to the court.

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  • Expert Witness Explains Objective Reasonableness Standard in Police Practices

    Police practices when confronting someone that may have perpetrated a crime should be reasonable and have guidelines to prevent consequences that lead to litigation. However, when law enforcement officers are unable to rein in emotional outbursts, physical violence against others and similar incidents, an expert witness is needed to explain how these standards should affect the scene.

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  • Expert Witness Testimony: When Police Brutality Occurs

    Police brutality is being increasingly noticed throughout the country through the use of electronic surveillance equipment and the rise of the smartphone. With a camera and a video recorder at the touch of a fingertip, anyone is able to record almost any incident that may transpire.

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  • Expert Witnesses Used in Police Shooting Cases

    Police shootings could involve innocent bystanders, criminals or those accused of illegal acts, and proving that the injuries sustained were unnecessary could contain complications. Expert witnesses are hired by a lawyer to help with certain pieces of evidence, police procedure and various other interactions the judge or jury is not aware of with law enforcement.

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  • Ninth Circuit Reverses Decision to Prohibit Expert Witness Testimony on Police Practices

    Police practices have become aggressive and brutal in the age of electronics where everything is recorded and broadcast to the public. Expert witnesses are necessary to explain these situations and how the individual officers are either at fault or are innocent of the actions he or she has been blamed for.

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  • Use of Force Expert Witnesses Testify in Police Brutality Cases

    Police brutality cases are often experienced when officers are not trained properly, have been subjected to pressure or abuse in their lives or have certain views such as racism or sexism. When these incidents occur, it is generally important to hire an expert witness that is able to explain why they actions occur and how the victim needs compensation to recover.

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  • What Police Expert Witnesses May Testify About

    Police expert witnesses in the courtroom usually are capable of providing testimony about a number of issues, but the topics they are able to discuss are limited to experience and educational background to remain reliable and relevant to the subject matter. Knowing the limitations is important for the lawyer and the officer hired for this job.

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