I read a story last week about an East Dublin, Georgia police officer who shot and killed a man on a traffic stop. Without even touching the circumstances of the shooting, there was a serious training issue in the 2010 case. The officer had not been through state-mandated use of force training in the prior year, and because of that did not have the legal power of arrest under Georgia law.
How do you think that will play out in the pending civil suit filed by the family of the decedent?
The officer in question was not the only one on the force who missed state mandated training. In fact, of the eight man East Dublin Police Department, more than half did not attend the mandatory retraining and had lost their powers of arrest. One of the people who failed to attend training and should not have the power of arrest? Police Chief Bill Luecke.
If you be concerned about rigors of that use of force training, don’t be: it is only one hour per year. Mandatory firearms training accounts for one hour per year also, bringing the total to two hours per year.