April 30, 2010
Police as Expert Witnesses: An Arresting Presentation on Nabbing the Right Expert
Nothing captivates our attention, either on TV or in the courtroom, as much as the dynamic world of law enforcement. Closely followed and scrutinized, law enforcers in our democratic society are much misunderstood. How can you figure out if your client has a real case or if they are wrong to direct their ire at the officer if you yourself are unsure how to analyze the police-related issues? Much like medical doctors, law enforcers traffic in their own insular practices.
The questions on those issues are many. Why are Tasers so shocking? How are Police trained in Basic Police Academies and beyond? What’s the upshot on Deadly Force? Do officers profile? How do the Police police themselves? How are potential officers’ backgrounds investigated? Are past police practices important? How to chase down the answers in pursuits? And how do you get someone to help explain all this cop stuff in real terms to see what’s what.
To bridge that gap in understanding, the Columbus Bar is offering on Tuesday, May 18, at 1:30pm, a 3.0 CLE seminar on Police as Expert Witnesses.
Explaining complex police issues in terms we can all understand is Dr. Richard Weinblatt (www.TheCopDoc.com), a criminal justice educator, published author, and former police chief who has a police expert witness practice. He has been called on since 1989 to comment on controversial police issues for local and national media including CBS Evening News, CNN, MSNBC, Headline news, The Washington Post, and the Associated Press. A certified instructor for firearms, Taser, defensive tactics, and other areas, he’ll explain how police operate and separate truth from fiction.
For more information, or to register for this and other CLE seminars, visit www.cbalaw.org/cle or call 614/221.2114.