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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Dr. James Fyfe

On November 12, 2005, Dr. James Fyfe, one of the nation's most recognized authorities on police use of deadly force, died of cancer according to the New York Daily News.

Dr. Fyfe was best known for his research involving "...the conduct of field police officers and methods for holding police officers and organizations accountable for behaving in manners that are both humane and efficient." He was heavily involved in civil rights litigation either as a witness or as a consultant including:

  • Tennesse v. Garner in which the Supreme Court forbade officers from shooting to arrest non-violent fleeing suspects
  • Thurman v. Torrington in which abused wives won the right to sue police in federal court for failing to arrest their abusers
  • Cases stemming from the Rodney King incident in Los Angeles
  • The serial murders committed by Jeffrey Dahmer
  • The Philadelphia police bombing of the residence of the radical group, MOVE.

Information about his case involvement was taken from his biography at the Temple University, Department of Criminal Justice website.


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