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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 […]

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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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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