Officer Involved Shooting Expert Witnesses

Officer involved shooting expert witnesses and consultants listed here may be able to form expert opinions, draft expert witness reports, provide expert witness testimony at deposition and/or trial as or serve as consulting (non-testifying) experts on officer involved shooting. The officer involved shooting expert witness listings on this page are typically from fields/areas of expertise such as: Firearms & Ballistics, Law Enf & Criminal Justice, Police Practices & Procedures, and Video.

Chuck J. Rylant, PsyD., MBA

Arroyo Grande, California
Police Practices & Procedures, Law Enf & Criminal Justice - use of force, police use of force, law enforcement use of force, self defense, arrest and control, police excessive force, excessive force, defensive tactics, martial arts, strangulation, choke hold, jiu jitsu, fight or flight, stress response, officer involved shooting, police shooting, OIS
Dr. Chuck J. Rylant has 23 years of experience in the industry and is a court-experienced expert witness in use-of-force, self-defense, strangulation, human performance factors, and police tactics and training. He has a Doctor of Clinical Psychology; dissertation: Decisions Under Pressure: Psychological and Physiological Aspects of Police Use of Force. Dr. Rylant is a retired police officer/detective, S.W.A.T. member, and P.O.S.T. certified department firearms, baton, chemical agents, use of force, and arrest and control (ARCON) trainer. He is currently a police academy arrest and control (ARCON), use-of-force, and de-escalation instructor, as well as a certified advanced Force Science Specialist. Dr. Rylant is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt instructor for law enforcement and civilians, as well as author of Shots Fired: The Psychology Behind Officer Involved Shootings.

Benedict J Tisa FBI Retired

San Francisco, California
Police Practices & Procedures, Firearms & Ballistics - Use of Force, Arrest and Control, SWAT, Officer Involved Shooting
AREAS OF EXPERTISE - FIELD OPERATIONS AND DEPLOYMENT TACTICS Use of Force • Officer Involved Shootings • Force Management Review • Threat Assessment Procedures • Firearms • Weapon Tactics • Defensive Tactics/Patrol-Custody Officers • Less-Lethal and Impact Weapons • Arrest and Control Procedures • Prisoner/Inmate Control • Patrol Officer Tactics • Plain Clothes Officer Tactics • Negotiation Team Tactics • SWAT Team Operations • External Ballistics and Projectile Trajectories • Chemical Agents • Command Post Operations • Patrol Supervisor First Responder Procedures • Sniper Team Operations • Incident Command and Control Procedures • Critical Incident Management •Psychology and Physiology of Behavior in Critical Incidents • Warrant Service • Hostage Rescue Procedures • Aircraft, Ship and Oil Platform Recovery • Security/Guard Staff Procedures • Security/Vulnerability Assessments and Procedures • Helicopter Operations • Forced Breaching Methods and Procedures • Low-light/Night Opera...

Chief Chet Epperson (Ret.), M.B.A. AGR Police Practice Group, LLC

Rockford, Illinois
Police Practices & Procedures, Law Enf & Criminal Justice - Use of Force, Police Shootings, Officer-Involved Shooting, Excessive Force, Risk Management, Police Complaint Investigation, Deadly Force, Internal Investigation, Police Policy Practices, Police Tactics, Arrest
President, Americans for Effective Law Enforcement (AELE). Formed in 1966, AELE is research driven educational organization that produces and disseminates legal information through traditional seminars, via electronic media and direct contact. Experienced 40-year police professional in areas of use of force, internal affairs, officer-involved shootings, supervision, practice, policy, discipline, mental health, auditing, staffing analysis, organizational assessments, investigations, and training. 34-years as an active law enforcement officer and 10 of those years as chief of police of a 340 sworn/ non-sworn municipal police department. On-going experience for the past 6-years as a police practice consultant providing Federal Court-Appointed expertise in police Consent Decrees and a United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Police Consultant regarding police use of force. Expert in applying Constitutional Standards, State Law, policy, practice and training to po...

Dr. John R. Black, DBA Aragon National Inc.

Redmond, Oregon
Police Practices & Procedures, Video - Police Use-of-Force,Sensemaking,Decision-making,Jail Operations Police Training, Patrol Operations,Police negotiations,Crowd Control,Systems Thinking, Officer-Involved Shooting,Intelligence,Internal Affairs Leadership,Police Mental Health Response, De-escalation,Incident Command,Defensive Tactics
Recognized expert witness for physical use of force (UoF) in international, federal, and state courts. Focus areas include police use of force, police practices, proper investigation of UoF events (including deadly force), related human performance factors, police policy, police training, civilian self-defense, excessive force, and officer-involved shootings. Certified video analyst (InputAce) with a focus on the use of video in understanding and analyzing UoF events. Also qualified with similar expertise for civilian self-defense and use of force events. My doctoral research area focuses on exploring the link between visualizing intelligence, giving it meaning (sensemaking), critical thinking, insight generation, and decision-making. I apply the gained understandings from my research alongside human performance factors and video analysis to evaluate physical UoF events within their context and environment. Consult in areas and problems involving systems thinking, Sensemaking, com...