Cooperation, Compliance, Control.
In a free and peaceful society where so many have been taught that all violence is wrong, citizens are often confused and dismayed when officers use force, even when the force is perfectly lawful and justified.
This book allows you to 'take' a basic USE OF FORCE class just as if you were a rookie at the police academy. Below are some highlights of what is included in 'your' basic use of force class:
SECTION 1. TRAINING. I explain policy and laws that officers are taught. We examine use of force, how to define a threat, and the difference between excessive force and unnecessary force.
SECTION 2. CHECKS AND BALANCES. This section explains how an officer's decisions are examined if suspected of being bad decisions.
SECTION 3. EXPERIENCE. We explore how officers see the world that they live in. Somewhere in the fog between training and experience, the officer has to make a decision. Sometimes decisions will be made in a fraction of a second and on partial information. Sometimes a decision will change the lives of everyone involved—forever.
SECTION 4. ABOUT YOU. Review what you should have learned. Why does community action fail? What is it that can really be done? Know how to behave when faced by an officer. Until this section, I have tried to put you in the headspace of an officer, giving you an overview of his training and a taste of his experiences. Now I will try to let you feel like a suspect. That's a lot of mind bending for one book. Get plenty of sleep and drink lots of water.
Any civilian, law enforcement officer or martial artist interested in self-defense, or anyone wanting to understand the duties and responsibilities of civilians and police officers needs to read this book.
A Note From the Publisher
Rory Miller pulls no punches in this hard-hitting look at the sometimes controversial topic of Use of Force and related force issues. He’s going to push some people’s buttons with this book, and that’s good, because some people need their buttons pushed. I’d like to see every attorney read this book and just maybe it would eliminate, or at least reduce, the number of excessive force charges against officers who did nothing wrong. Miller does an excellent job of weaving legalities, moral issues, and experience into a practical look at force issues for both law enforcement offers and citizens they protect. I agree with Miller’s first hard truth, “The only defense against evil, violent people is good people who are more skilled at violence.” And I sincerely hope that people will read this comprehensive text and better understand why those sworn to serve and protect must use physical force to stop evil, and appreciate the decision to use such force, that officers must make under extreme conditions. I commend and thank Miller for writing this important addition to the literature related to violence and law enforcement. Superb job!
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