Tag Archives: law enforcement

Do Police Body Cams Have Any Downsides?

Do Police Body Cams Have Any Downsides? By Ken K. Gourdin Do police body cams have any downsides? They increase officers’ accountability to the public they serve, and they protect officers, their agencies, and their municipalities from liability based on … Continue reading

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Law Enforcement & Deadly Force: A Few Random Thoughts on Recent Incidents

By Ken K. Gourdin Pondering the shootings by police of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.; of Danielle Willard in West Valley City, Utah; and of Darien Hunt in Saratoga Springs, Utah, I had the accompanying random thoughts. At the outset, … Continue reading

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More on criticism of law enforcement

Abducted Girl Missing for Months: Armchair Critics of Law Enforcement At It Again (After All, Everyone Knows That It’s Easy to Find Anyone, Even if He Is Determined to Not be Found)  By Ken K. Gourdin In response to Salt … Continue reading

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Siale Angilau shooting

Race, Deadly Force, and the Shooting of Siale Angilau  By Ken K. Gourdin  Introduction – A few weeks ago, a United States Deputy Marshal shot and killed Siale Angilau after Angilau charged a witness who was testifying at trial against … Continue reading

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Preventing Police Perjury

Should Prosecutors Require Police Officers to Swear to Their Honesty and Lack of Bias?  By Ken K. Gourdin According to a Salt Lake Tribune story (found here, last accessed today: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57779822-78/lake-police-questionnaire-salt.html.csp) Davis County, Utah prosecutors have begun issuing forms to … Continue reading

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Civilian’s Guide to Police Use of Deadly Force

Officer’s Guide to the Use of Deadly Force as Written By a Civilian By An Anonymous Civilian, With Ken K. Gourdin This Guide was inspired by comments at SLTrib.com in response to a report that the Salt Lake County District … Continue reading

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A Reflection on Rockwell’s “Runaway”

A Reflection on Rockwell’s “Runaway” By Ken K. Gourdin With apologies to the incomparable, inimitable Robert Frost, who once said that writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down, this piece was inspired by the 1958 Norman … Continue reading

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