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Force Decisions: A Citizen's Guide [Kindle Edition]

Rory Miller
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Produktbeschreibungen

Pressestimmen

"I Commend and thank Miller for writing this important addition to the literature related to violence and law enforcement." (Alain Burrese, J.D., former U.S. Army 82nd Airborne, author)

"Know your rights and your duties as a citizen…Read this book." (Wim Demeere, martial artist, author)

"In an entertaining and informative way, Miller explains how and why police apply force." (Steve Perry, 40-year martial artist and bestselling author of the Matador series and Net Force series books)

"Understand the world police officers must live in, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week." (George Mattson, martial artists, author)

Kurzbeschreibung

Winner – 2013 USA Best Books Award
Finalist – 2013 Book of the Year Award by ForeWord Magazine

In a free and peaceful society where so many have been taught that all violence is wrong, citizens are often confused and dismayed when officers use force, even when the force is perfectly lawful and justified.

This book allows you to ‘take’ a basic USE OF FORCE class just as if you were a rookie at the police academy. Below are some highlights of what is included in ‘your’ basic use of force class:

SECTION 1. TRAINING. I explain policy and laws that officers are taught. We examine use of force, how to define a threat, and the difference between excessive force and unnecessary force.

SECTION 2. CHECKS AND BALANCES. This section explains how an officer’s decisions are examined if suspected of being bad decisions.

SECTION 3. EXPERIENCE. We explore how officers see the world that they live in. Somewhere in the fog between training and experience, the officer has to make a decision. Sometimes decisions will be made in a fraction of a second and on partial information. Sometimes a decision will change the lives of everyone involved—forever.

SECTION 4. ABOUT YOU. Review what you should have learned. Why does community action fail? What is it that can really be done? Know how to behave when faced by an officer. Until this section, I have tried to put you in the headspace of an officer, giving you an overview of his training and a taste of his experiences. Now I will try to let you feel like a suspect. That’s a lot of mind bending for one book. Get plenty of sleep and drink lots of water.


Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 664 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 206 Seiten
  • Verlag: YMAA Publication Center; Auflage: annotated edition (1. April 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B007ZQ63G2
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #326.804 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Rory Miller: Wie immer uneingeschränkt zu empfehlen 8. September 2013
Von Alex
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Miller ist in jedem Fall einer der führenden Autoren, wenn es um Selbstverteidigung gegen echte, dreckige Straßengewalt geht. Während in seinen anderen Büchern (Scaling Force, Meditations On Violence, Facing Violence) die Handlungsmöglichkeiten des Zivilisten im Rahmen der Notwehr sehr gut behandelt wurden (Prävention durch Vermeidung, richtiges Mindset, psychische/physische Folgen, mögliche juristische Nachwirkungen und vieles mehr), geht es in diesem Buch darum, nach welchen Kriterien Polizisten entscheiden, welches Ausmaß an Gewalt sie zur Durchsetzung der Amtshandlung anwenden. Das alles ist sehr interessant und kurzweilig beschrieben, und sollte für alle „I not know how speaking english“-Leser dringend übersetzt werden.
Miller hat eine traurige Nachricht zu übermitteln: Einschlägige Kriminelle wissen, wie weit sie gehen können, ohne Beamte zu höherer Gewaltanwendung zu zwingen. Sie üben sich ja früh im Verhaftet werden. Gerade bislang unbescholtene Bürger sind es, die ungewollt die Beamten zu härteren Maßnahmen zwingen.

Genau diese Regeln will er vermitteln: Wie lange darf ein Polizist es mit Reden probieren, wann muss er handgreiflich werden, und wann muss er sogar zur Schusswaffe greifen, um Schlimmeres für sich selbst und andere zu verhindern?

Die gute Nachricht: Im Prinzip bestimmt der zu Verhaftende durch sein eigenes Verhalten, wie hart er angepackt werden muss. Miller erklärt: Wie?

Ich kann dieses wie auch jedes andere Buch von Rory Miller empfehlen, weil er weiß wovon er schreibt. Und das auch noch witzig, spannend und geistreich.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant, insightful, and important read 5. April 2012
Von L. A. Kane - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
A couple years ago my neighbor pointed a loaded shotgun at a SWAT team. They didn't kill him; didn't even pull the trigger, but rather talked him into surrendering. That same day, about two hours later, a driver pointed a loaded handgun at a State Patrol officer who had pulled him over. That guy died in a hail of gunfire. Which, naturally, leads one to wonder why? Why did officers use lethal force in one situation and not another?

Police officers go to work every day knowing that they may be forced to make split second, life-or-death decisions. These decisions are subsequently scrutinized by review boards and editorial boards as well as in the courts, both that of public opinion as well as (oftentimes) the law. Citizens who witness or read about violent incidents are often confused, even dismayed by the officers' use of force decisions, even when their actions are perfectly lawful and justified. This, I believe, is why this book was written. It helps readers understand why and how police make force decisions by leading them through the same type of training that rookie officers learn at their academy. Here's how it is laid out:

Section 1 (training) explains policies and laws. It examines use of force, how to define a threat, and the difference between excessive force and unnecessary force.

Section 2 (checks and balances) explains how an officer's decisions are examined after a critical incident.

Section 3 (experience) explores how officers see the world. It helps readers better understand the officers decision-making process.

Section 4 (about you) reviews what you should have learned. The perspective shifts from that of an officer to that of a suspect, helping you know how to behave when faced by an officer.

This is a phenomenal resource for reporters, fiction writers, potential jurors, civilian oversight board members, or just about anyone else who wants to better understand the duties and responsibilities of police officers. It is also an invaluable tool for those concerned with self-defense, offering insight not found anyplace else that I am aware of. Miller, whose insight on violence and society is extraordinary, has done a real service to the public with this one. It is an excellent and highly recommended book.

Lawrence Kane
Author of Blinded by the Night, among other books
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Lots to Think About 13. Mai 2012
Von Dolores L. Sparrow - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Rory Miller brings his vast expertise and wisdom to his new book, Force Decision: A Citizen's Guide. As I read this book, its tone reminds me of the first scene in each of the 1980s TV show, Hill Street Blues: "Let's be careful out there!" In today's environment, with so many states allowing you to `stand your ground', the older version of withdraw whenever possible in the face of danger is becoming passé. Miller gives ample reasons for citizens to follow the latter decision: the psychological price being one of the most compelling. And law enforcement professionals who must rush into a deadly encounter, whereas most citizens would run away, pay the same heavy emotional price. For one moment of blazing glory, the aftermath is difficult to deal with, and Miller brings this home clearly. The author emphasizes the Three Golden Rules and applies them so the reader can understand the mindset of the majority of officers who are doing their job every day. To me, the first rule tells it all: "You and your partners go home safely at the end of each and every shift." Miller explains how an officer's decisions to use particular levels of force make this possible and are largely the result of an officer's training and past experiences.
The reader is invited to consider the training of law enforcement professionals: how they are honed into the officers we count on every day. Nor can we overlook the author's clearly detailed stress and instant decision-making by officers, which are then often criticized by the everyday citizen. After reading this book, the reader should be clearly aware of the very fine line each officer under fire must consider: Will his or her level of force result in a lawsuit? On the other hand, do we, as citizens, really want this consideration to enter into the officer's life-or-death decisions? Miller's Hard Truth #1 answers the questions for me: "The only defense against evil, violent people is good people who are more skilled at violence." He also brings to our attention those officers who hang on, but who clearly miss the mark. Thus, we should not paint all officers with the same broad stroke. Miller includes countless past incidents of law enforcement officers caught in tragic situations sometimes of their own making, but often not. Altogether, Miller has created a book that validates his authority as a law enforcement professional.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Eye opening 12. Juni 2012
Von Mary L. Currie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
It's not often you'll come across a book that is so timely, but in this case Force Decisions was written for today's American (and beyond). As a high school nurse with over 2,300 students and being a Neighborhood Watch Liaison so much of this information applies to situations that I encounter on a daily basis. Too often I see others observe our school's Resource Officer as the bad guy trying to 'bust' yet another student. This book spelled out clearly that it's NOT about the officers vs. the bad guys --- it's the bad guys vs. the victims. If we as citizens simply do nothing, we are confirming to criminals that we accept the situation just as it is and it's just fine to not get involved...it's the victims that have to endure the consequences as best they can.
Think about it, when our senses are drawn to something disturbing it might be observing the police officers 'duty to act' and we have no idea what transpired a couple moments before. What might be a once in a lifetime scenario for us, is probably a common occurrence to most officers who are trained day in and out on various situations they might encounter.
The author lists The Hard Truths about civilians vs. the bad guys. Communities should not react only when a crime involves them - they should be prepared to help their neighbors by keeping an eye out when they see something questionable and expect to help out the officer. This idea of not wanting to get involved needs to stop when you have a group of officers that you can trust to make sound decisions using a wealth of tactics at their fingertips.
Excellent read for every citizen wanting to live in a safer environment.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen More Must-Read Material from Rory Miller 18. Februar 2013
Von Eric Parsons - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
There are some writers who, even before their next book is released, you know it’s going to go on your students’ required reading list. Rory Miller is one of those writers. His first book (Meditations on Violence) is a philosophical tome on the author's experiences with the title subject, while his second book (Facing Violence) contains extremely vital and often overlooked (especially by martial artists) keys for self-protection. Meanwhile, his third book, Force Decisions, is a public service. The purpose of this book is to explain law enforcement use of force policy to the general public. In such heightened political times with Occupy and Tea Party protests often in the news, this is information that citizens need to have to make informed decisions, opinions based on the facts of the situation and not solely on emotions. Honestly, if there is one weakness of the book it is related to this very point – you can’t force people to become informed. Still, for those that care to learn and seek understanding rather than sensationalism, this book lays out the needed material in Miller’s trademark style – thoughtful and deep, experienced and well-explained. Plus, to help those who don’t face violence regularly (if at all), Miller provides many sidebars and stories from people in the field. The purpose of these anecdotes is to give the reader a taste of the environment in which these decisions are made. Some of these stories work better than others, but all help to provide a context in which the information is better understood. The policy itself may be sterile and legal, but these stories provide the grit, the dirt, the life. Together they present a more complete picture on an important topic. Highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Excellent Source of Insight Into How Law Enforcement Works 8. Mai 2012
Von Meron Langsner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
This book offers rare insights into what goes into law enforcement decisions on the use of force on both the active and policy level. This book is the culmination of years of experience on the job, extensive training in martial arts, and a thorough study of the human sciences in application.

While Miller makes it clear that he is writing from the perspective and with the biases of a law enforcement officer, he is careful to maintain accessibility to a civilian audience. What is particularly useful are the analyses of scales of force and their application in relation to media representation. In a society where most of the violence we see is prepackaged in our entertainments, it's important to have books like this to provide a reality check.

Each section contains several testimonials relating to the principles being discussed, many of which illustrate the larger truths that Miller brings to bear.

I would also echo the earlier review that said this book could serve a second purpose as an invaluable resource for theatrical fight directors and writers of crime fiction.

My one problem with this book is that it feels as though it was rushed into print. I came across several typos and editing mishaps that were a surprise coming from this publisher (though I expect that they'll be fixed in the next edition). That said, the information and its presentation are first rate and I highly recommend this book to anyone with even a passing interest in the subject.

Meron Langsner, PhD
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