IACP Endorses “Warning Shots”

Yep, that’s right.  The International Association of Chief’s of Police by their Deputy Executive Director and past president, Terrance Cunningham says,…”Let’s give the officers more tools, I think it’s the right thing to do.”

Let’s unwind this rascal.  Cnningham is the former President of the IACP.  Holds office in a number of police organizations throughout New England and is the Chief of the Wellesly, MA police department.  Wonder when he has time to be the chief.

After much chin rubbing and hand wringing he and his study group came up with this.  Rules do apply when firing warning shots.  The fleeing goof must meet the same rules as deadly force.  What?police shooting

One can visualize an officer on the stand in either a criminal or civil trial.

“Officer, isn’t it true your department has a “warning shot” clause in the general order?”


“Then why did you shoot my client?”

Or the same set of questions when warning shots are fired and the bad guy escapes and kills an innocent bystander.

The street cops job is though enough, let’s don’t burden them with unnecessary rules involving deadly force.  What are these people thinking??




About Ken Dye

Having grown up in Missouri, Ken Dye graduated from Northeastern Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and served his country. When he returned to St. Louis, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served in the tactical operations unit, as an undercover narcotics and homicide detective, and with the intelligence bureaus. After 13 years, he moved to Chicago to work with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. He is the author of three books: two crime novels, Shadow of the Arch and Beyond the Shadow of the Arch and his new release Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die, a non-fiction narrative. For more information about the author, visit www.KenJDye.com.
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