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How Are Police Trained to Use Deadly Force?

In a week when two police shootings involving African-American men sparked outrage and debate across the nation — and an apparently retaliatory attack against police in Dallas — we wanted to get a law enforcement perspective on the week’s events. Former police officer and law enforcement expert Dr. Melissa Hamilton of the University of Houston Law […]

Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaIn a week when two police shootings involving African-American men sparked outrage and debate across the nation — and an apparently retaliatory attack against police in Dallas — we wanted to get a law enforcement perspective on the week’s events.

Former police officer and law enforcement expert Dr. Melissa Hamilton of the University of Houston Law Center was in downtown Dallas last night and tells us about the scene there. She also offers perspective on how and when officers are trained to use deadly force in their encounters with the public.

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