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Objectives (01:26)


Chuck Joyner is a former CIA and FBI agent and the president of Survival Sciences, LLC. His course covers primary causes of death and injury for officers, court cases related to use of force, a use of force model, and liability.

Use of Force (04:19)

Every year, over 50,000 police officers are assaulted and more than 1,000 are arrested. Joyner explains the balance between lawful and excessive use of force. Officers should be confident in and committed to their use of force.

Hesitation and Use of Force (05:33)

Hesitating to use lawful force leads to 90% of officers’ deaths. Joyner runs officers through a hypothetical situation to test when they would use deadly force in a violent encounter. He explains the legality of using force.

Why are Officers Hesitant to Use Lawful, Justified Force? (02:14)

If officers are reasonable in their use of force, they should not feel hesitant. Officers are hesitant because of administrative and legal issues, public scrutiny and scorn, and religion.

Use of Force and the Supreme Court (03:13)

The U.S. Supreme Court ultimately decides what level of force is reasonable. Tennessee v. Garner and Graham v. Connor are important cases for officers to know regarding use of force.

Dynamic Resistance Response Model (04:14)

Joyner explains DRM. The model outlines when officers should use non-threatening, threatening, and deadly force.

DRM Questions (05:20)

Joyner provides scenarios for officers to apply DRM. Officers should respond differently based on the level of resistance a person shows.

Three-Prong Test (05:18)

Joyner provides a scenario that demonstrates how the Supreme Court determines lawful use of force. He uses the three-prong test created by Graham v. Connor.

Three-Prong Test: Pepper Spray and Traffic Stop (03:57)

Joyner uses the three-prong test on examples of officers pepper spraying protestors and a traffic stop involving an expired dealer's plate. He explains how the test applies in each scenario.

Three-Prong Test: Prostitution Arrest (06:49)

Joyner uses the three-prong test on an officer arresting a woman for prostitution. He explains how a court views the use of force and an officer's behavior.

Tasers and De-escalation (06:21)

Joyner talks about the use of tasers on non-threatening resistors. He explains the connection between communication and de-escalation and provides an example to assess an officer's de-escalation skills.

Mental Illness (02:06)

Joyner explains the laws regarding arrests and use of force against people with a mental illness. People with mental illness are more likely to assault police officers.

Lawsuits (08:04)

During an officer-involved lawsuit, the courts securitize policy, training, and documentation. Joyner reviews questions often asked on the witness stand. Reports are critical after use of force events.

Credits: "How Not to Get Shot, Sued or Thrown in Jail" (00:48)

Credits: "How Not to Get Shot, Sued or Thrown in Jail"

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This program covers the topic of officer liability and the many factors that contribute to officers using excessive force, hurting himself or others, he/she getting killed. Pertinent court cases that influence the officer’s level of response are discussed and recent areas of high liability will be covered, as well as other factors that lead to increased liability. This course was taken from classroom instruction by Chuck Joyner. He is in law enforcement and also the President of Survival Sciences, LLC.

Length: 63 minutes

Item#: FPT283652

Copyright date: ©2019

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