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When Police Shoot

A Rare Look Inside Police Training in Utah
How might police training impact whom, when and why officers shoot? Watch an excerpt from the new FRONTLINE/Salt Lake Tribune documentary “Shots Fired.”
November 23, 2021
The ‘21-Foot Rule’: How a Controversial Training for Police is Used to Justify Shootings
The 21-foot rule is taught to police across the U.S. and officers use it to explain why they shot at someone. But it's not based on science or the law. And some national policing leaders argue it shouldn’t be taught to cadets anymore.
December 6, 2021
Is the Fear Factor Overblown in Police Shootings?
Utah’s police training has been questioned for focusing on worst-case scenarios.
November 22, 2021
VIDEO: A Utah Police Officer Killed a Man Inside the Police Department. It Was His Third Shooting.
A West Valley City police sergeant killed Michael Chad Breinholt nearly two years ago, but the district attorney still hasn’t said whether the shooting was justified.
July 12, 2021

The "Un(re)solved" podcast

"It's a constant heartache no matter what, but when somebody dies of such a violent, horrific way, you can’t make sense of it, no matter how hard you try."
GINA THAYNE, aunt of Dillon Taylor, who was shot in 2014

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