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Video Explores Myths and Misconceptions Related to Officer-Involved Shootings
01/06/2012
Alex Gardner, District Attorney
Lane County District Attorney's Office
(541) 682-4261

One year ago, Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter lost his life in the line of duty. Early Thursday morning, six police officers were shot, one fatally, during a deadly shooting with a suspect in Ogden, Utah. These tragic incidents are a reminder of the dangers law enforcement officers face each day when responding to a call.
 
Sometimes, these encounters end when an officer is involved in a shooting. Such an incident occurred Thursday, January 5th, in Medford, Oregon. After an officer-involved shooting incident, a law enforcement officer’s decisions made in split seconds will be reviewed and reported on often without having all the facts.
 
To provide educational outreach to local communities, Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner with the assistance of Eugene Police Department, local law enforcement, and national and regional experts, produced a 17-minute video that provides important details regarding officer-involved shootings and the process used to investigate them.
 
The video, called "Hollywood vs. Reality: Officer-Involved Shootings", includes a series of segments designed to explore common myths and misconceptions, most of which are addressed by national and regional experts including Dr. Bill Lewinski of Force Science Institute; Dr. Alexis Artwohl; Eugene Police Officer Joe Kidd; Oregon State Police Sergeant Alan Gilbert; and, District Attorney Gardner.
 
Since the video’s release in September 2011, the Lane County District Attorney’s office has had approximately 1,200 requests for it from around the world and United States. The video provides useful background for reporters and the public, and can be viewed on this link: http://bit.ly/q0V69v