Assessment Colorado Springs Police Department – Use of Force

Using both qualitative and quantitative methods that explore official police data, community and officer surveys and focus groups, and comparisons to peer agencies, we address the following research questions:

 What factors contribute to the use (and severity) of force by CSPD officers?

 How does CSPD use of force policy and training compare to similarly situated (i.e., peer) cities?

 Does the rate and severity of force align with racial/ethnic groups’ representation at risk for having

force used against them by police?

 What are possible explanations for any disparities found in police use and severity of force?

 What factors contribute to the likelihood of officer and citizen injuries?

 How do community members perceive use of force and police-community relations?

 How do CSPD officers perceive police use of force and police-community relations?

 What improvements should be made to CSPD’s use of force policies, training, and data collection

and analysis to meet current best practices?


The investigation uncovered the following key problems in the current state of public safety in St. Louis:

• Racial disparities in the harms inflicted by policing;

• Gaps and inconsistencies in SLMPD policies (especially related to use of force, pedestrian and vehicle stops, and interactions with people experiencing mental health emergencies);

• A need for non-police alternative responders for certain call types;

• Inefficiencies in the allocation of SLMPD patrol staff and resources, which create inequities in service levels;

• A need for accessible, affordable out-of-school time programming for St. Louis youth;

• Insufficient community engagement on the part of the City and SLMPD; and.

• A lack of robust accountability systems for SLMPD.

The Functions of the Police in Modern Society – Egon Bittner

This is a classic book for policing. Chapter VI is one of my favorites – The Capacity To Use Force As The Core Of The Police Role. Chapter VI discusses the “non-negotiably coercible” police use of force. How police sometimes shouldn’t have to negotiate when they are going to use force. The discussion of any police use of force creates an interesting discussion especially now under the current climate.

A .pdf version of the book can be accessed HERE for free at the NCJRS website.

Minnesota’s Attorney General Says the Cop Who Killed Amir Locke Was Defending Himself. So Was Locke.

There is a link in the article to the official Attorney General’s report.

That perplexing situation underlines the hazards of police tactics that aim to prevent violence but often have the opposite effect.
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Breaking down Washington police reform from this year and last | Issaquah Reporter

This is an interesting article than lists the State of Washington legislative bills and explains the law and its reform impact on policing.

Legislators passed a number of bills responding to concerns around policing. Let’s dig into them.
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What really happened that night in Louisville and the shooting of Breonna Taylor?

If you only listen to news media reports you get one version of how Breonna Taylor died that night 3-13-2020. Listen to Sgt. John Mattingly on Charlie Kirk’s podcast and the listener is exposed to a vastly different version to what happened that day. One thing for certain is that evening has impacted the Taylor family and the officers at the incident beyond comprehension. What is owed to both is the truth.

The segment on the Charlie Kirk podcast interview of Sgt. John Mattingly begins at about the 15:30 minute mark can be accessed HERE and lasts for about 11 1/2 minutes until the 27:00 minute mark. Sgt. Mattingly sounds professional and believable. Why didn’t this information come out immediately after the incident? Kirk mentions that this incident has impacted police policy across the nation. Especially ending the police use of “No Knock Warrants” which weren’t even in play here. Police decisions based on lies lead to bad policing.

Official police records can be seen HERE.

Fatal Police Shootings and Race: A Review of the Evidence and Suggestions for Future Research | Manhattan Institute

Since the Ferguson unrest, a narrative has solidified around the idea that police use lethal force disproportionately and without justification against African-Americans. Some data show the strength of this perception, particularly among blacks and on the political left. In a survey conducted…
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San José Independent Police Auditor’s Office Statement on Reports Assessing the San Jose Police Department

Three reports released.

The After-Action Report for San Jose Police Department response to the protests from the death of George Floyd.

Use of Force Report by the San Jose Police Department.

21st Century Police assessment of the San Jose Police Department.

NEWS RELEASE: San José Independent Police Auditor’s Office Statement on Reports Assessing the Police Department | News | City of San Jose
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