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Aug 19, 2015, 12:58 ET from ProfNet

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  • Police Officers Should Not View Recorded Footage Prior to Giving Statement
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Police Officers Should Not View Recorded Footage Prior to Giving Statement
Kathy Pezdek
Chair of Cognitive Science Program
Claremont Graduate University
Philip Eure, the Department of Investigation's Inspector General for the NYPD, recently recommended that police officers be prevented from viewing recorded footage before giving a statement to investigators. Cognitive psychologist Kathy Pezdek, an expert in eyewitness identification and memory, can discuss why this is a good policy and how the investigative process fails when police are allowed to view video before giving their statements from memory: "We know from cognitive science research that memory is vulnerable to the suggestive influence of what is called 'post-event information.' An officer's memory of what happened will be suggestively influenced by viewing video footage. And, it is important to know that such distortions in memory are both permanent, and they occur without conscious awareness."
Claremont Graduate University has a Readycam broadcast studio for easy interview with broadcasters.
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Thinking the Unthinkable: A Sanders vs. Trump Presidential Race?
Harlan Ullman
The Killowen Group
"Is it unthinkable that Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump could win their parties' nominations for president? In writing about the possibility of thermonuclear war, the iconic Cold War strategist Herman Kahn challenged his readers to 'think the unthinkable.' In writing about politics, here is another 'unthinkable' proposition to ponder. Suppose Democrats reject Hillary Clinton (or Hillary withdraws over the email or other exploding political time bombs). And suppose celebrity status becomes the Republican metric for electability. Further suppose that a majority of the American electorate, outraged by the failed politics and broken government in Washington, turn to non-traditional candidates. Is a Sanders versus Trump choice for president 'unthinkable'? Common sense argues not only yes, but hell yes! Wiser heads in the GOP would never tolerate a Trump-led ticket even though the former real estate mogul and television star threatens to split the Republican Party if he is not treated 'with respect.' If Hillary falters, Vice President Joe Biden could enter the list, possibly to serve as a one-term president, while picking a particularly attractive number two -- perhaps one of the two Virginia senators or a well-regarded governor from either party -- who could fleet up in four years' time to the top spot."
Washington, D.C.-based Ullman chairs The Killowen Group that advises leaders of government and business at the highest levels, including presidential candidates is available. He is a former naval officer with combat commands in the Vietnam War and later in the Persian Gulf. Since the 1980s, he has developed a reputation as a strategic thought leader and thinker in the public and private sectors. He is known for the doctrine of shock and awe and sits on advisory boards for the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commander US Forces Europe. Currently a senior advisor to the Atlantic Council and Business Executives for National Security, he was a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the National Defense University and professor of military strategy at the National War College. A student and practitioner of global economies, he writes often on the financial crises in UPI and other media and sits on the boards of both private and public companies in the high technology and financial services sectors. His latest book is "A Handful of Bullets -- How the Murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Still Menaces the Peace."
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