Body-warm cameras, cellphones, surveillance video—the actions of our law enforcement officers are recorded by multiple cameras every day. Yet, so many times when a video surfaces, the public outcry stems from the fact that the video just looks bad.
There’s no dispute that violent encounters, especially when an officer is being attacked and defending themselves, may not look good on video. So how can we have so many encounters captured in the past 10 years on video and the public still remain so uninformed? The reason is because the public has been conditioned over 50 years with a false impression of what the use-of-force looks like in real life. Television and movies have portrayed everything from physical takedowns to the use of deadly force as something sterile with predictable endings for officers.
On this episode of the Blue View Podcast, National President Patrick Yoes sits down with Lance LoRusso. A former law enforcement officer turned attorney, Lance has been a use of force instructor for nearly 30 years and has represented over 100 officers following officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths.
00:00 – Intro 00:23 – About Lance LoRusso
01:30 – Bodycams
04:08 – Slip and Capture Errors
05:42 – Correcting Misconceptions
16:40 – The Realities of Using Force
20:23 – Blue Line Lawyer Institute
22:07 – Lance’s Books
23:32 – Final Thoughts