Constitutional Use of Force; Legal to Reasonable Force Issues
Legal to Reasonable Force Issues
Legally Justified; But was it Avoidable?
The Crucial Question at the Core of Use of Force
This is a first-time ever collaborative two-day training event featuring Calibre Press’s Legally Justified; But Was it Avoidable? course and Blue to Gold’s Search & Seizure program, both highly popular nationwide.
Lt. Jim Glennon, Calibre Press co-owner and Director of Curriculum will instruct the one-day Legally Justified course and Attorney Anthony Bandiero, owner and Senior Legal Instructor for Blue to Gold training, will instruct the one-day Search & Seizure program.
Bearing in mind that arrests and uses of force are, in themselves, forms of seizure, we’ll explore the legalities involved with force encounters, arrests, and searches of people, vehicles, homes and other buildings.
We’ll also explore, through many video examples, how officers went wrong and how to mitigate, the need to use force through deescalation efforts, tactical communication and slowing things down.
This courses approach is not just focused on doing things legally or acting in a fashion that would protect officers under the dictates of Qualified Immunity, but rather on performing at the highest professional level at all times, squarely within the parameters of law and building solid case law.
Day 1: Advanced Search & Seizure
Instructed by Anthony Bandiero, JD
Blue to Gold Law Enforcement Training
This is an impressively thorough, easily understood dissection of the laws surrounding a variety of searches and seizures. This is critical information for all law enforcement officers who arrest subjects, search vehicles, homes or individuals in pursuit of evidence, question suspects or witnesses and participate in other common law enforcement activities.
A lack of understanding of these laws can gravely jeopardize your case and expose you to costly lawsuits. Throughout the day, Attorney Anthony Bandiero, a leading Fourth Amendment expert, will:
Day 2: Legally Justified; But Was it Avoidable?
Instructed by Lt. Jim Glennon (ret.)
Graham v. Connor established that the moment an officer uses force is all that matters when determining whether it was objectively reasonable. Further, it determined that this moment could not be judged “with the 20/20 vision of hindsight.” In other words, it doesn’t matter how that moment came about, only what happened during it.
That said, this legal doctrine does not—and should not—preclude officers, trainers and supervisors from examining cases with that 20/20 vision. With a goal of avoiding the avoidable we should look backward from the moment force was used and honestly assess whether the officer, through action or lack of action, contributed to its ultimate need.
Throughout the day we will analyze dozens of recent force videos and dissect the behavior and interaction dynamics of both the offenders and officers. Specifically, we will consider if poor or ill-advised tactics, ineffective communication, a lack of personal control and/or a lack of preparedness to handle acute stress led the officer(s) to escalate the event unintentionally and unconsciously.
We will discuss: