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Officer-Involved Shootings - Seminar

"Force Science Research Center" is coming to Clackamas to give a seminar in officer-involved shootings. This Center, which is based a the University of Minnesota in Mankato, seems to be set up to come up with every conceivable defense for officers who shoot citizens.
You'll note that Multnomah County DA Schrunk and Portland City Attorney David Woboril are both presenting at this conference.

There's even a special session on "Dealing with a Racially Charged Shooting" which features the Portland Police Association's lawyer, Will Atichison, Assistant Chief Jim Feraris, Vancouver Chief Brian Martinek, Schrunk, Woboril, and the man who created what we dubbed the "Superman theory"--Dr. Bill Lewinski, who holds that the reason so many suspects are shot in the back is that they turn around faster than an officer can shoot.

There are NO police accountability activists at this event. Too bad it's $275 per person--there should be some folks there.



Presented by the Force Science Research Center,
Through Dr. William Lewinski and Dr. Alexis Artwohl,
and The Law Firm of Snyder and Hoag, LLC
On June 29 and 30, 2006
Monarch Hotel and Conference Center
12566 S.E. Ninety-Third Avenue, Clackamas, Oregon 97015
15 minutes south of the Portland Airport
Room Discounts Will Be Held Until 3 Weeks Before the Conference
14.5 MCLE credits for Oregon & 14.5 MCLE credits for California
DPSST Certification Form Available At the Conference

Seminar Agenda

June 29
Day 1
7:45 - 8:15 Registration
8:15 - 8:30 Welcoming Remarks David A. Snyder

8:30 - 10:15
Dr. William Lewinski
Action/Reaction What You Need to Know
10:15 - 10:30 Break

10:30 - 12:00
Dr. William Lewinski -
Perceptual and Cognitive Issues In Reaction Time
Speaker Dr. William Lewinski
Reactor Dr. Alexis Artwohl

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch: provided

1:00 - 2:30
Dr. William Lewinski
Studies on Spent Shell Casing Ejections, Unintended Discharge, etc.

2:30 - 2:45 Break

2:45 - 4:30
Dr. William Lewinski
Biomechanics and Action/Reaction Parameters of the Officer and Suspect
4:30 - 5:00 Questions
5:15 - ? Hosted Hospitality Room

June 30th
Day 2
8:30 - 10:15
Dr. Alexis Artwohl
Psychological Dynamics of Police Combat, and Understanding Perceptual,
Cognitive and Memory
Problems and Their Impact on Performance and Memory
10:15 - 10:30 Break

10:30 - 12:00
Dr. Alexis Artwohl
Investigation of Officer Involved Shootings

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch: provided

1:00 - 2:15
Panel Discussion On Representation of Officers Involved in a Shooting
Will Aitchison
John Hoag
Robert King, President Portland Police Association
Michael Staropoli
David A. Snyder, moderator

2:15 - 2:30 Break

2:30 - 3:30
Comments From the Employer and District Attorney
Brian Anderson, Josephine County Undersheriff
James Ferraris, Assistant Chief of Police, Portland Police Bureau
Brian Martinek, Chief Vancouver Police Department
Greg Olson, Marion County Undersheriff
Michael Schrunk, Multnomah County District Attorney
David Woboril, Portland's Deputy City Attorney
John Hoag, moderator
3:30 - 3:45 Break

3:45 - 5:00
Dealing With a Racially Charged Shooting
Will Aitchison
James Ferraris
Brian Martinek
Raul Ramirez, Marion County Sheriff
Michael Schrunk
Michael Staropoli
David Woboril
Dr. Lewinski, speaker and moderator
5:00 Adjourn

Brief Biographies of Speakers

Will Aitchison has represented police unions for more than 25 years, and has participated in several significant disciplinary cases involving the use of deadly force. Will is the author of "The Rights of Police Officers" as well as seven other books dealing with public safety labor relations. Will has provided training on representation in deadly force situations to over 10,000 police officers, as well as to law enforcement management personnel.

Brian Anderson, Undersheriff for Josephine County, is a 21 year law enforcement veteran. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the OSSA Command College.

Alexis Artwohl, Ph.D. is a law enforcement trainer, consultant, researcher, and author. She is an advisory board member to the Force Science Research Center and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. Her areas of training include: achieving peak performance in high stress situations, preparing to survive deadly force encounters, investigating officer-involved shootings, and managing the psychological damage caused by trauma and organizational stress.

James Ferraris has been an Oregon law enforcement officer for more than 27 years. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has extensive experience in the supervision and management of officer involved deadly force investigations. An advocate for community policing, he has served as an officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and commander within the Portland Police Bureau and currently is the Assistant Chief of Police overseeing all investigative functions.

John Hoag has been practicing law since 1974. Since 1988 he has been representing law enforcement labor organizations.

Robert King has been the President of the Portland Police Association for the last 5 years. The Association represents 950 police officers, sergeants, detectives and criminalists. Robert holds the rank of detective and has 18 years of police service. He has been a patrol officer, trainer, SWAT team member and ran the police bureau's Employee Assistance Program prior to promotion to detective. He has been involved in two uses of deadly force and has a special concern for officer recovery from critical incidents and ensuring they are protected through the investigation and internal investigative processes.

William Lewinski, Ph.D. is a Professor at Minnesota State University-Mankato and a specialist in police psychology. He has lectured and testified extensively internationally on among other subjects, the human factors in lethal force, and is the founder and Director of Force Science Research Center.

Brian Martinek, Chief Vancouver Police Department started in criminal justice system in 1985 as a juvenile counselor and probation officer in Utah. From there he went to Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in Portland, Oregon rising to the rank of Captain in the Operations Section. In 2001, he became a Deputy Chief for the City of Vancouver, made Acting Chief in May 2002, and was appointed Chief of Police in October 2002. He has a degree in psychology from the University of Utah and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Greg Olson, Undersheriff for Marion County, began his career with Marion County in 1977. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the O.E.D.I.

Raul Ramirez's public safety career spans 32 years, including 30 years with the Marion County Sheriff's Office and two years as a Juvenile Probation Officer. He has been the Sheriff since 1997, and the first Marion County Sheriff to come up through the ranks.

Michael Schrunk has been the elected District Attorney of Multnomah County since 1981.

David A. Snyder has been practicing law since 1980. Since 1987 he has been representing law enforcement labor organizations.

Michael Staropoli has been practicing law since 1983 and was a former Deputy District Attorney for Multnomah County. He has been representing officers involved in deadly force since 1991, and he has done so in more than 70 such incidents, involving numerous agencies.

David Woboril has been practicing law since 1982 and began defending The City of Portland and its officers in civil courts in 1989. He has been the Portland Police Bureau's legal advisor during two stints since 1996. He is a member of the IACP and Major Cities Chiefs Legal Officers' Sections and attends meetings of the Police Executive Research Forum.

On June 29 and 30, 2006
Monarch Hotel and Conference Center
12566 S.E. Ninety-Third Avenue
Clackamas, Oregon 97015

Print and mail this form, or click HERE to fill out the online form.
Tuition $275 per participant
$250 if three or more register from one agency
Thanks for posting this 27.Jun.2006 16:07


It would be great to have folks attend this and let us know how it goes, what is presented, etc. This information could be extremely valuable for anyone who is interested in self-defense, particularly when firearms are involved. While I have no sympathy for cops or anyone else who abuses their power or murders someone, it is worth noting that self-defense situations usually happen fast, in low-light situations and are generally extremely stressful. It is easy to make judgements about situations like that when you are safe at home on the computer and much harder when you are dealing with it yourself.