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Friday, August 9, 2019

Yin on The Shooting Simulator

Tung Yin (Lewis & Clark Law School) has posted The Perspective of the Reasonable Officer on the Scene: My Trip to the Shooting Simulator (Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2018) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Police shootings of civilians have drawn considerable critical attention in recent years and gave rise to protest movements such as Black Lives Matter. An officer is entitled to use deadly force only where there is "probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a significant threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or others." The reasonableness of such belief is "judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene, rather than with the 20/20 vision of hindsight."

In an effort to get a sense of the perspective of the officer on the scene, I took advantage of an opportunity to experience the shooting simulator at my local sheriff's office. In this short paper, I recount the four scenarios that I faced and then provide observations about the value and the dangers of simulator training.

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