This article examines the issue of “deliberate indifference” to police training standards by reviewing the case of Parker v. DC.
John R. Grasso, Esq.
The courts have spoken on the issue of police training on more than one occasion. In doing so, the judiciary has given direction for law enforcement agencies to follow when deciding a minimum level of training. As a street cop, the “minimum standard” might not seem relevant to you. What self-respecting law enforcement officer trains to the least acceptable standard? I hope, however, after reading my brief review of the case below, you might find some utility value in a basic appreciation for the standard the United States Court of Appeals used to find this municipality liable to a private citizen inured as a result of what the court held as the agency’s“deliberate indifference” to training. John Grasso (May/June 2004). “Deliberate Indifference to Training? A Practical Look at Parker v. District of Columbia.” The Police Marksman.
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