Police Use of Force: Tasers, Deadly Force, Body Worn Cameras, and More


CLE credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

Whether you sue, defend, or advise law enforcement, this Webinar will keep you current on the use of force, and trends, controversies, and resources under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. This program will cover the Supreme Court’s decisions in District of Columbia v. Wesby, Kisela v. Hughes, City of Escondido v. Emmons, and other cases to be decided this year. You will learn the latest limitations on Taser and less lethal force; rejection of the Ninth Circuit’s “provocation” theory; use of deadly force against Emotionally Disturbed Persons (EDPs); the exigent circumstances exception to the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act); crisis intervention and de-escalation; re-thinking the 21-foot rule; the IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) consensus Policy on the use of deadly force, which advises against shooting at vehicles; and the body worn camera (BWC) debate on when officers should review their recordings. All this, plus links to resources you can use in your practice.

This course is co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   The Supreme Court’s latest cases on the qualified immunity defense
•   Consensus policies and best practices on the use of deadly and non-deadly force
•   Liability of officers for creating circumstances requiring deadly force
•   Failure to train in how to deal with Emotionally Disturbed Persons (EDPs)
•   Whether the standard of “objectively reasonable” force is static or evolving

Date / Time: March 9, 2020

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: May 3, 2019

Hon. Wayne C. Beyer is a litigator, author, presenter, and former administrative appeals judge. He has been lead counsel in 300-350 police misconduct cases, including dozens of jury trials, involving Fourth Amendment excessive force, false arrest, illegal search, fatal shootings, positional asphyxia, cell suicide, pursuits, failure to render medical assistance, failure to protect, First Amendment, malicious prosecution, and wrongful conviction.

Beyer was an assistant attorney general for the District of Columbia (previously called assistant corporation counsel) and outside counsel to New Hampshire’s Property and Liability Insurance Trust. He has been a presenter at national programs for Georgetown University Law Center, Defense Research Institute, the American Bar Association and the Federal Judicial Center for District and Magistrate Judges, and more recently for numerous webinar providers.

Beyer is the author of law review and magazine articles on police misconduct, including the 1,540-page treatise and handbook, Police Misconduct: A Practitioner’s Guide to Section 1983, available from Juris Publishing. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Sheriffs Association, and Police Executive Research Forum. He was an associate and partner at prominent New Hampshire law firms; chief of staff U.S. General Services Administration; and he rendered 750 final decisions on employment and labor issues for the Executive Branch of the United States Government as member, chairman, chief judge, U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Review Board and member Federal Labor Relations Authority. Beyer holds degrees from Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and Georgetown University Law Center.

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Section I. Supreme Court cases decided in and pending in 2018–19
a) Kisela v. Hughes (qualified immunity defense to shooting)
b) District of Columbia v. Wesby (qualified immunity defense to false arrest)
c) Nieves v. Bartlett (probable cause defense to retaliatory arrest)
d) And others

Section II. Limitations on Taser use and why Taser (now called Axon) discontinued its high risk X26 model

Section III. Deadly force analysis after the Supreme Court’s rejection of the “provocation” theory in County of Los Angeles v. Mendez

Section IV. Use of force against EDPs (emotionally disturbed persons)

Section V. De-escalation

Section VI. The exigent circumstances exception to the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)

Section VII. Re-thinking the 21-foot edged weapons rule

Section VIII. Defusing situations through ICAT (the Police Executive Research Forum’s Integrating Communications, Assessment, and Tactics) training

Section IX. The IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) consensus policy against shooting at vehicles and Supreme Court cases going in a different direction like Mullenix v. Luna and Plumhoff v. Rickard on qualified immunity

Section X. The body worn camera (BWC) debate on when officers should view their recordings

Section XI. Resources and links you can use in your practice