Emanuel Kapelsohn Expert Witness
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Firearms & Ballistics and Police Practices & Procedures

Keywords/Search Terms:

self-defense, gun accidents, hunting accidents, firearms training, shooting scene reconstruction, holsters, shooting ranges, use of force, use of force policy, involuntary muscular contraction, defensive tactics, weapon retention, pepper spray, Taser, impact weapons, knives, edged weapons


B.A., cum laude, Yale University; J.D., Harvard Law School

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Expert witness since 1984 in civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts nationwide. Practicing attorney. Has been certified as firearms instructor by FBI, NRA, several states and other training authorities. Certified instructor in defensive tactics, baton, Taser, weapon retention, less lethal impact munitions, pepper spray. Certified Force Science Analyst, Advanced Specialist in Force Science, Executive Protection Specialist, and in counter-terrorist and defensive driving. Taught "Police Use of Force" as Adjunct Instructor at Indiana University, Department of Criminal Justice. Served as instructor at two police academies. Presenter at national and international conferences of law enforcement instructors. Has trained and certified firearms instructors and armorers for major law enforcement agencies. Armed, sworn reserve deputy sheriff for over 20 years. Member, Board of Directors, International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors ("IALEFI") since 1985; IALEFI First Vice President. Author of over 120 articles and other published works. Associate Editor, "Standards & Practices Guide for Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors." Principal Author, "Firearms Training Standards for Law Enforcement Personnel." Principal Author, "IALEFI Guidelines for Simulation Training Safety." Consultant and expert witness for major cities, states, and law enforcement agencies, offices of attorneys general, federal and state departments of justice, prosecutors' offices, defense attorneys, manufacturers of firearms and related products.