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Ann Schiavone on K-9 Apprehension of Suspects

Season 1, Ep. 54

In this episode, Ann Schiavone, Assistant Professor of Law at Duquesne University School of Law, discusses her article "K-9 Catch-22: The Impossible Dilemma of Using Police Dogs in Apprehension of Suspects," which will appear in the University of Pittsburg Law Review. Schiavone discusses the history of the use of K-9 units by police forces, particularly in relation to the apprehension of suspects. She describes the standards used by courts in evaluating whether the use of a dog to apprehend a suspect is reasonable, and argues that courts should encourage officers to attempt to de-escalate before using a dog. Schiavone is on Twitter at @AnnSchiavone.

Keywords: Police dogs, use of force, Fourth Amendment, cognitive science, racial bias

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