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  1. Introduction
  2. Pending lawsuit
  3. New department compliance
  4. Deputy Ripley
  5. Deputy Ripley's wild day
  6. Conclusion

This case study involves members of the Pineville. The case study focuses on one member in particular, Deputy Raymond Ripley. The background to the case study includes a recent pending lawsuit against the Pineville County Sheriff's Department.

Recently the Pineville County Sheriff's Department has been in hot water with the town's people of the county. A young motorist took his parent's car out for a joyride. While in pursuit the 14-year-old crashed the vehicle resulting in his death. This tragedy sparked a massive public outcry and criticism of the police department for using excessive force? (Peak, 2010, pg. 146, para. III). The public outcry has now resulted in a lawsuit against the individual officers involved in the pursuit as well as the Pineville County Sheriff's Department as a whole.

As a result of the lawsuit and as a way to prevent further tragedies, the sheriff, has altered the current policies that are directly related to pursuits. Effectively immediately, supervisors are to cancel all pursuits that do ?not involve a violent felony crime or other circumstances that would justify the danger and potential liability? (Peak, 2010, pg. 146, para. III). A brand new ordinance has also been applied where all officers are prohibited from firing warning shots. Warning shots are to only be used if under extreme circumstances.

[...] The parked vehicle is now in motion and coming towards the deputy. Deputy Ripley lets his German Sheppard out of the patrol car as well. As this point the motorist is still heading in the deputy's direction. Deputy Ripley fires a warning shot into the ground another disregard for department policy. As the vehicle is still in motion, the deputy calls for the driver to stop and takes out his taser and fires it in the direction of the moving vehicle. [...]


[...] The Deputy and his pet will go on late-night rounds. According to the narrative, Deputy Ripley also keeps an unauthorized Taser in the truck of his department issued patrol car. Deputy Ripley's Wild Day On a routine evening Deputy Ripley is patrolling his designated area. He makes his way over to an industrial park. The current time is 21:00 hours; according to the narrative Deputy Ripley feels that no one has reason enough to be in his designated sector after 20:00 hours. [...]

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