I just read a fascinating article on the KSL website about a study conducted by researchers at BYU of a new sexual assault victim interview protocol implemented by the West Valley City (suburb of Salt Lake City) police department.
While the protocol, study, and article are all about sexual assault, the key elements regarding how trauma affects memory and recall, and how police and prosecutors can best deal with these realities so as to successfully pursue charges against the assailants, I can't help but believe that very similar dynamics must be at play in the aftermath of a self-defense situation.
I would not presume to try to compare the relative level of trauma between being sexual assaulted and having to use a firearm in self defense. Indeed, ideally, attempted sexual assaults would result in the intended victim using a firearm to end the attack before any physical harm is inflicted. But it seems the levels are both high enough to impose similar effects on memory and recall if I'm not reading too much into the article.
Others, more familiar than I with protections afforded police officers by their unions can provide details about how long officers have after a shooting before they are subjected to any official questioning.
Some fair use excerpts from the article:
(emphasis added)Originally Posted by KSL
I may need to contact the WVC PD chief to see if they are using the same protocol for those who claim self-defense in the wake of a shooting.
In any event, if anyone needed it, another good data point backing up "user's" oft-stated counsel to KYBMS and talk to your criminal defense attorney in the wake of any self-defense incident.
Last edited by utbagpiper; 04-14-2016 at 11:24 PM.
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