police training


When Should Cops Go for Their Guns?

"The buzzword right now is de-escalation," says one former cop. "Create an opportunity to use your verbal skills."


This Documentary Shows How Terrifying the Cops' Military-Grade Weapons Are

We talked to director Craig Atkinson about his harrowing debut film 'Do Not Resist,' which shows the increasing reality of America's militarized police force.


When Someone You Love Dies in Police Custody and They Blame 'Excited Delirium'

Many cops are taught that some people lose it, gain superhuman strength, and die. But is the condition real?


Inside a Class That Trains Cops to Use Words Instead of Guns

I sat in on a training session that was designed to teach law enforcement officers how to handle the tense, potentially violent situations that can come from dealing with veterans with PTSD.


The Cleveland Cop Who Shot 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice Had a Shady Past

From his earliest days at the police academy, Tim Loehmann performed poorly.


California Cops Are Using the Homeless for Hands-On Training

The homeless say they're given an ultimatum: Be arrested, or participate in the program. Officers deny that the homeless are given a choice, and say that they're booked even if they do participate.