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Vanderbilt football rising slowly in recruitingVanderbilt football rising slowly in recruiting

first_imgRecruiting analysts think Vanderbilt football’s signing class could finish ranked in the top 50 for a fourth straight year, but they say coach Derek Mason probably doesn’t care.“I expect them to end up in that top 50 range because they will get a few more commitments,” said Barton Simmons, director of scouting for 247 Sports. “If they get into the top 50 again, that’s a good spot for Vanderbilt considering it’s a small class this year. But I don’t think this is ever going to be a (coaching) staff consumed with rankings.“Every staff says that, but the prior staff (under coach James Franklin) did care about that and wanted that kind of publicity for the program. This staff is also going after highly-recruited players, but they will take more shots on lower rated guys that fit their system.”According to numerous recruiting sites, the Commodores have 13 commitments, with more prospects visiting campus this weekend. Late in the season, Mason said he would likely sign around 18 players in the 2015 class.Vanderbilt sticks by recruit who broke legVanderbilt’s current list of commitments has it ranked 52nd nationally in 247 Sports, 62nd in Rivals and 66th in Scout, although Scout has rated only 11 of the 13 commitments thus far. The Commodores sit at 13th among 14 teams in the SEC, ahead of Florida, which hired new coach Jim McElwain this week.Vanderbilt’s commitments include two four-star prospects from the Midstate — Oakland linebacker Josh Smith and Ensworth cornerback Donovan Sheffield — along with 11 three-star players. Locally, that includes Father Ryan safety Andrew Rector and Station Camp tight end Kyle Anderton.The Commodores had a 3-9 overall record and 0-8 SEC mark in Mason’s first season. He fired offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell, wide receivers coach Marc Lubick and strength coach Bill Hughan earlier this week, but it does not appear that the early commitments have been affected.Six of the 13 commitments were reached by phone or Twitter on Friday, and all said they were firmly committed to Vanderbilt despite the disappointing season and recent coaching changes.“Well, the majority of the class was committed before the season, and they all say they are solidly committed,” said Jesse Johnson, publisher of Vandy247. “But I think what the 3-9 season possibly could have done was affect the guys that they could’ve gotten later. But as far as the actual commitments are concerned, I don’t think it’s hurt (Vanderbilt). In fact, I think some of the coaching changes may have helped because it looked like there was some unrest on the team. Now it looks like changes may help them stabilize and reassure the long-time commitments.”Vanderbilt fires Karl Dorrell, two other coachesVanderbilt moved up two spots this week in the 247 rankings, and both Johnson and Simmons believe it will likely jump into the top 50 before signing day.“Traditionally-based, for Vanderbilt to get into the top 50 of the national rankings is an accomplishment, especially coming off a 3-9 season,” said Johnson, who moved from Rivals to 247 Sports this week. “They finished in the top 50 in a 9-4 season, but this was 3-9. I think it tells you that the recruits are a little more understanding about things than outsiders or fans.”A ranking of 50th is a magic number for Vanderbilt. It has reached that mark or better in the previous three years, according to all three aforementioned recruiting sites. Before that, only Scout had the Commodores reaching the top 50 once more, and that was No. 50 in 2011.According to 247 Sports, Franklin’s classes were ranked 52nd in 2011, 48th in 2012 and 26th in 2013. Last year, Mason held together the remnants of Franklin’s class for a ranking of 46th.Reach Adam Sparks at 615-259-8010 and on Twitter @AdamSparks.last_img read more

O’Connor Second As Irish Revel In Hickstead ClassO’Connor Second As Irish Revel In Hickstead Class

first_img IRISH riders claimed four of the top nine places out of a huge international field in today’s 1m50 Tom Hudson Derby at Hickstead’s four-star show.Meath rider Cian O’Connor took second place riding Aramis, and managed to place Good Luck in seventh as well, while Michael Duffy secured sixth with Bocello and David Simpson netted ninth place with Chessy.Great Britain’s Alice Watson claimed top spot riding Billy Lemon, almost a second ahead of O’Connor. 11 December 2015, 15:52 Irish Olympic appeal to be heard next week 20 December 2015, 18:07 O’Connor and Super Sox grab sixth at Olympia World Cup Qualifier Tags: cian o’connor, david simpson, hickstead, michael duffy 21 December 2015, 14:31 O’Connor just pipped in Olympia Speed Stakes Related news stories Home  »  Disciplines News  »  Showjumping News  »  O’Connor Second As Irish Revel In Hickstead Class center_img 18 August 2015, 19:50 Splaine names Investec Irish team for tomorrow’s vital European Championships O’Connor Second As Irish Revel In Hickstead Class 12 November 2015, 19:52 Allen and O’Connor both claim podium finishes at Doha 18 December 2015, 23:28 Two top tens for O’Connor at Olympia 27 June 2015, 15:15last_img read more

Five IMCA divisions run at Salina Speedway’s Sept. 28, 29 Mid-America ClashFive IMCA divisions run at Salina Speedway’s Sept. 28, 29 Mid-America Clash

first_imgSALINA, Kan. – A pair of $1,500 to win, Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying features for IMCA Modifieds headline Salina Speedway’s Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29 Mid-America Clash.A minimum of $150 will be paid to start.Both cards also feature IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars in $1,000 to win, minimum $100 to start fea­tures while Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks both race for $750 to win. Start money is $75 for the SportMods and $60 for the Hobbies.Mach-1 Sport Compacts race for $300 to win and $35 to start on Saturday.Tow money is $50 for the Modifieds, $40 for Stock Cars and Northern SportMods, and $35 for Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Kansas State, but no local track points will be awarded each night.Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and an open practice runs from 6-9 p.m. Thursday. Pit passes are $20.On Friday, the gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, pits open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4 p.m., hot laps are at 5 p.m. and racing gets underway at 6 p.m.Grandstand admission is $12 and kids 15 and under get in free while pit passes are $35 each night. More information is available at the www.racesalinaspeedway.com website or by calling 785 292-9220.last_img read more

Utah Utes football: Defense getting slapped around by big-play opportunistsUtah Utes football: Defense getting slapped around by big-play opportunists

first_img Losing a ‘foreign feeling’ for Utes Related Last year through three games, the only big play the Utah defense had given up was a 45-yard pass play in a win over UNLV.In fact, for the entire 2008 season, the Utes allowed just four plays of more than 45 yards, two of which were kick returns in the final two games…This year it’s been a different story.In just three games, the Utes have already given up SIX plays of more than 45 yards.Against Utah State, the Utes gave up a 48-yard pass on the third play of the game followed by a 96-yard run later in the first quarter. Against San Jose State, the Utes gave up a 46-yard pass play.Then last Saturday, the Utes gave up three long plays, a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown, a 58-yard pass to set up a touchdown and a 45-yard run by a freshman to set up another Duck score.So what’s the deal with all the big plays allowed by the Ute defense, which has always prided itself for its bend-but-not-break style?Is it the loss of longtime defensive coordinator Gary Andersen? Is it a lack of leadership with guys like Paul Kruger, Brice McCain and Sean Smith gone to the NFL?Perhaps. But if you talk to Utah coaches and players they say the main problem is a lack of cohesion in the defense during games.”It just seems like one guy out of the 11 isn’t doing their job and that gashes us,” said defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake. “All 11 have to be on point and trust each other. We can’t have one guy trying to do two people’s job. Sometimes we have guys trying to do too much and get out of position. We know it’s an issue. We’ve got to fix that.”Linebacker Mike Wright, who relays the plays from the sideline to the defense, says it’s not the coaches fault, saying it’s “essentially the same system and same calls.” Rather it’s a lack of communication among the players.”We have to have every player know what the call is on each play,” he said. “We have to make sure everyone knows the calls. It’s been a big factor on our defense so far this year, giving up those big plays. Hopefully we can get that turned around.”Senior safety Robert Johnson takes the blame personally, saying, “I’ve messed up on a few plays. I put the blame on me. I’m the last line of defense.”Several times Johnson, as the free safety, has been the guy chasing down an opponent, who has broken through the secondary. However safeties coach Morgan Scalley said that is deceiving because it may have been another defender that goofed up. He echoed Sitake, saying the whole defense has to work together to avoid the big plays.”It’s just fundamentals and techniques,” said Scalley. “Usually the breakdown comes with one of those. Unfortunately with the safeties, you miss a tackle and look out. At the safety spot you have to be the eraser and if you’re not, you’ll be on ESPN for all the wrong reasons.”Head coach Kyle Whittingham is concerned about all of the big plays and says it will continue to be a point of emphasis with his defense.”We’ve got to continue to try to limit the big plays,” he said. “That’s a trademark of all great defenses to limit big plays. We haven’t done a great job of that and it’s something we need to continue to work on.”Although Sitake hasn’t been pleased with the Utes’ overall defensive play so far, he feels the best is yet to come.”We haven’t played our best game yet,” he said. “We’re close. I look forward to us having our best game of the season this weekend. We’re long overdue.”UTAH DEFENSEPlays of 45 yards or more allowedFirst 3 games 2008: 1First 3 games 2009: 6Utes on the airLouisville at UtahSaturday, 5:30 p.m.TV: CBS CRadio: 700 AMe-mail: sor@desnews.comcenter_img Cards aim to bounce back after losslast_img read more

Test accurately rules out heart attacks in the ERTest accurately rules out heart attacks in the ER

first_imgWASHINGTON | A simple test appears very good at ruling out heart attacks in people who go to emergency rooms with chest pain, a big public health issue and a huge worry for patients.A large study in Sweden found that the blood test plus the usual electrocardiogram of the heartbeat were 99 percent accurate at showing which patients could safely be sent home rather than be admitted for observation and more diagnostics.Of nearly 9,000 patients judged low risk by the blood test and with normal electrocardiograms, only 15 went on to suffer a heart attack in the next month, and not a single one died.“We believe that with this strategy, 20 to 25 percent of admissions to hospitals for chest pain may be avoided,” said Dr. Nadia Bandstein of the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm.She helped lead the study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and presented Sunday at the cardiology college’s annual conference in Washington.Chest pain sends more than 15 million people to emergency rooms in the United States and Europe each year, and it usually turns out to be due to anxiety, indigestion or other less-serious things than a heart attack. Yet doctors don’t want to miss one — about 2 percent of patients having heart attacks are mistakenly sent home.People may feel reassured by being admitted to a hospital so doctors can keep an eye on them, but that raises the risk of picking up an infection and having expensive care they’ll have to pay a share of, plus unnecessary tests.The study included nearly 15,000 people who went to the Karolinska University hospital with chest pains over two years. About 8,900 had low scores on a faster, more sensitive blood test for troponin, a substance that’s a sign of heart damage. The test has been available in Europe, Asia and Canada for about three years, but it is not yet available in the United States.The patients were 47 years old on average and 4 percent had a previous heart attack. About 21 percent of them wound up being admitted.Researchers later looked back to see how the blood test and electrocardiogram would have predicted how they fared over the next month.They figured that in order to find one heart attack in patients like this, 594 would have to be admitted — a huge waste of resources.A test like this would be “enormously useful,” and the study’s results are “almost too good to be true,” said Dr. Judd Hollander, an emergency medicine specialist at the University of Pennsylvania.He believes the test should be available in the U.S. and that the amount of evidence that regulators are requiring to approve it is too high.Dr. Allan Jaffe, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, said the problem is not what the test rules out, but what it might falsely rule in. It’s so sensitive that it can pick up troponin from heart failure and other problems and cause unnecessary tests for that.“I think the strategy long-term will be proven,” but more studies underway now in the U.S. are needed to show that, he said.___Marilynn Marchione can be followed at https://twitter.com/MMarchioneAPlast_img read more

South’s Toto is Ga.’s Eaves Scholarship winnerSouth’s Toto is Ga.’s Eaves Scholarship winner

first_imgJulianne Toto has made the grade in the classroom and in pole vaulting at the University of Georgia, Athens. The Middletown South High School graduate was the winner of the 2008-09 Joel Eaves Scholar AthleteAward given out by the University of Georgia Athletic Association. The award goes to the male and female student-athletes with the highest grade-point average entering their senior year. She and the male winner, golfer Michael Green, received their awards at halftime of Georgia’s season-opening football game against Georgia Southern. The Joel Eaves Scholar Athlete Award is given in memory of Coach Joel Eaves, UGA’s director of athletics from 1963 to 1979. Toto has a 3.71 GPA and is majoring in psychology. She made the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll and was named to the 2007 U.S. Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association Division I Women’s All-Academic Track and Field Team. She ranks fifth all-time in school history in the outdoor and indoor pole vault with a personal best 12-9½. She was ninth at the outdoor Southeast Conference (SEC) Championships last spring. During the 2008 outdoor season, she won the Bulldog Limited and was third at the Georgia Invitational. Indoors, she was first at the Clemson Invitational, second at the Tom Jones Classic, third at the Virginia Tech Elite and 11th at the SEC. Her freshman and sophomore seasons, Toto qualified for the NCAA East Regional Championships. She was sixth at the outdoor SEC in ’07. At Middletown South, Toto was a nationally ranked pole vaulter, placing seventh at the Nike Indoor Nationals. She won NJSIAA Group State titles for the Eagles and was the Penn Relays champion. Her high school best was 12-6.last_img read more

US water polo player recalls balcony accident in South KoreaUS water polo player recalls balcony accident in South Korea

first_imgHooper said the balcony started rumbling before it collapsed.“I remember like grabbing them kind of and being like ‘It’s going to be all right,’” he said, “and the next thing you know, we fall 10, 15 feet, where (we’re) just suspended in midair, and the whole things just goes down and gives out and breaks.”Gilchrist said the railing of the balcony was lined with glued-down beer bottles that shattered when it collapsed. She thinks she was helped up before she made her way out of the nightclub with Hauschild.When Gilchrist got outside, she realized the extent of her injuries and laid down on the sidewalk. She then got some help from some players on the U.S. men and Australian water polo teams, and Christopher Bates, a trainer for the U.S. men’s team, joined the group.“Chris was kind of just the biggest blessing,” Gilchrist said. “He came, he’s a trainer, he put his belt around my leg as a tourniquet and he came in the ambulance with me.”Gilchrist face-timed with her parents, Jenny and Sandy, and sister, Ali, right after she got hurt, and Bates and her U.S. teammates also provided updates. Larnie Boquiren, a trainer for the women’s team, and team doctor Seth Schmoll also helped take care of Gilchrist.“My mom wanted to fly out, but I said ‘Don’t worry. I’m here with our trainer, Larnie, and Dr. Seth,’” Gilchrist said. “They’ve been so great to me, so I told my mom don’t worry and I’ll be home in no time.“She still wanted to come, but it’s all good.”Hooper got 12 stitches on his left hand. He visited a doctor on Monday who said it was basically a clean cut and missed all the muscles in the area.He plans to play when the United States takes on Cuba in its Pan American Games opener Sunday in Peru. The U.S. men can qualify for the 2020 Olympics by winning the tournament. Vaccinated but still infected with polio? What happened? Duque explains MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Benefits of township living Longboarding tilt set in Butuan City LATEST STORIES Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer She was counting her blessings, too.“We are the lucky ones and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have lost loved ones,” she said.Gilchrist, who also has traveled the world as an accomplished surfer, remembers only parts of the harrowing night.Hours after the Americans’ 11-6 victory over Spain in the final, Gilchrist was on the balcony with Hauschild, U.S. men’s attacker Johnny Hooper and other athletes when it went down.“It was all pretty quick, I think,” Gilchrist said. “But I remember falling and I talked to Johnny and we kind of thought the same thing: It’s like, we felt like (we were) falling for 10 seconds, which it probably ended up being one or two seconds. But everything kind of slowed down.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments “It probably won’t be healed, but we’ll bandage it up pretty nicely,” Hooper said. “I mean worse comes to worst, the stitches pop and we sew it up after the game again.”Hauschild and U.S. center Ben Hallock also got hurt. Hauschild got stitches on her right arm, and Hallock had some minor scrapes on his legs.Gilchrist said she should know more about her recovery after she returns to the U.S., but she is hoping to be back in the pool with the team in a few months. The U.S. became the first team to win three straight world water polo titles with the victory in South Korea, and it is a big favorite to win a third consecutive gold at the Olympics next year.“It’s awesome to be a part of history and I think there’s something special about our team,” Gilchrist told the AP. “It’s just a bummer that an incident like this has to bring headlines to our team and not just the way we play the game and the way we work and grind. I think there’s something to be said of the success and I think a lot of people could learn from us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian MOST READ Police investigators inspect a collapsed internal balcony at a nightclub in Gwangju, South Korea, Saturday, July 27, 2019. The internal balcony collapsed on Saturday, killing two people and injuring 16 including American and other athletes at the world swimming championships, officials said. (Chun Jung-in/Yonhap via AP)One moment, Kaleigh Gilchrist was celebrating an unprecedented third straight world championship for the U.S. women’s water polo team.In the next moment, she was headed to a hospital in South Korea.ADVERTISEMENT Gilchrist was partying with teammate Paige Hauschild and other competitors from the world swimming championships when a balcony at a nightclub near the athletes’ village collapsed early Saturday morning, killing two people and creating a chaotic scene in the southern city of Gwangju.“We were having the best night ever celebrating our win, and somehow, a freak accident happened,” Gilchrist told The Associated Press in a phone interview.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsGilchrist, a 27-year-old attacker from Newport Beach, California, who also was part of the United States’ gold medal-winning team at the 2016 Olympics, sustained some deep lacerations on her left leg and got some stitches for cuts on her left thigh. But she said she had no broken bones or nerve damage.Gilchrist had surgery later Saturday morning. She remained in the hospital Monday while doctors monitored her recovery, but she hoped to return to the U.S. on Tuesday.last_img read more

Emancipation for all GuyaneseEmancipation for all Guyanese

first_imgTo understand emancipation or freedom, we have to understand its antithesis— slavery. Most of us may have some inkling of the horrendous physical circumstances of the slave. Starting with the unimaginable squalor an degradation of the ships that brought them across the Atlantic, the hovels that housed them in the “nigger yards”, the rags that covered their nakedness, working from day clean to sundown in the fields under constant lashes of the whip, the widespread rape of the women by European men, to the separation of children from parents – the denial of any possibility of a stable family life – physical force was a palpable existential reality. Emancipation brought some respite from those physical humiliations that denied slaves their dignity.But there was another side to slavery in the new world. This concerned the justification offered by the Europeans for slavery and its integral linkages with their proposition that Africans were a distinct and inferior “race” of people. This justification was primarily a salve to the conscience of the Europeans, who considered themselves “good Christians”. The justification of slavery was concocted by some of the best minds of “Enlightenment” Europe which had raised “reason” as the ultimate test of valid knowledge. Reason undergirded all sorts of classification schemes – based on colour, blood, size of head, extension of jaws etc. – that, in self-fulfilling fashion, confirmed the “subhuman” status of the African. So by their criteria of “rationality”, the European could not be criticised for keeping the slaves in subhuman conditions – they were subhuman to begin with, their science declared! The African was taught a mantra: Whites are a superior race. I am not of the white race. Therefore, I am of an inferior race.By the time the theories of substantive differences between “races” were challenged, the idea of the “subhuman” African was so deeply-embedded in European science, literature, arts, music, philosophy, history etc. that it remained (and remains) as a pre-conceptual background reality to anyone raised within the western paradigm. Even by Africans. This is the wellspring of the most virulent racism that is part and parcel of the westernisation project of modernity. And if Africans are to ever be really emancipated, the racist traces must be identified wherever they exist and extirpated – root and branch.After Emancipation, segueing effortlessly from the uneradicated racist-traces, the Europeans deployed the new anthropological notion of “culture”, again in circular fashion, to demonstrate “rationally” that Africans – now joined by other non-white groups – were inferior. By this time, the empire had expanded exponentially and a new and broader construct was needed to justify oppression over diverse “races”. Condescendingly, Africans were now acknowledged as humans …it was only their culture, and the cultures of other non-whites, that needed to be developed. They all needed tutelage.The famous “Macaulay Minute” of 1835 explicitly spelt out this new strategy of domination: “Brown Englishmen” who would serve the interests of empire, would be created by the imparting of “education” (in capital – the European particular was now universalised). The physical force would be masked and the minds of the natives would be conquered through “symbolic force”. There was a “Queen’s College” established in every corner of the British Empire, following the Macaulay Minute. So we now have a situation where the non-whites always had to measure up (note-up) to a European standard as to what behaviour was “civilised”. And it was into this game in which he could never win the African was thrown at Emancipation. The African (and non-whites) were now taught a new mantra of mental slavery:Since whites are superior because of their culture. If I want to escape being inferior and be equal. I must assume their culture.The subjugation of Africans during and after slavery has left such a deep legacy of anti-African racism in all that the west stands for (and teaches) that it is a daunting task for any who may want to embark on the creation of a new paradigm; one that will allow the African to live in dignity. In the meantime, the various “races” in Guyana each fight to assert their “higher” place on the European-defined “chain of being”.The Rastafarians of Jamaica, since 1932, have created a new mantra summarising one paradigm to escape the western-imposed “mental slavery”:“Whites are superior because of the symbolic forces of their culture. If I want to escape feeling inferior and be equal I must begin by creating my own symbolic cultural universe”.last_img read more

Use of force is a part of the jobUse of force is a part of the job

first_imgDear Editor,On Thursday, March 15, 2018, there was an exchange of gunfire between the Police and suspected bandits at the Georgetown seawall. Three persons, including two who were on the Police radar, died. There have since been conflicting reports in the media and elsewhere as to what actually took place. Some relatives of the dead men are perturbed over the whole issue, and are seeking justice outside of the Police environment.The debate on the use of force, including deadly force, rages. I am not au fait with all the facts in relation to the shooting, therefore I cannot say if the action of the Police was justified or not. Let me be pellucid: I hold no brief for anyone.As a retired senior Police officer, I am aware that the work of the Police is a dangerous one, and can be unthankful at times. Sometimes the Police are left in a quandary — damned if they do, and damned if they don’t.The International Association of Chiefs of Police sets the following guidelines for Police officers: “A Police officer will never employ unnecessary force or violence, and will only use such force in the discharge of duty as is reasonable in all circumstances. Force should be used only with the greatest restraint, and only after discussion, negotiation and persuasion have been found to be inappropriate or ineffective. While the use of force is occasionally unavoidable, every Police officer will refrain from applying the necessary inflection of pain and suffering, and will never engage in cruel, degrading, or inhuman treatment to any person.“The job of the Police is not an easy one. Death lurks around the next corner. I can recall, during 1996, chairing the closing session of a course for Police sergeants, at Police Headquarters. The then Commissioner of Police, Laurie Lewis, delivered the closing address. Among the things he mentioned was that when a Policeman leaves his home to go on duty, he does not know if he will return home alive. Six hours later, bandits riddled Constable 16418 Adrian Williams, called “Big Six”, with bullets not far from the East La Penitence Police Outpost. He died on the spot. He was the only child of his mother.I subsequently asked Commissioner Lewis not to utter those words again.During the last crime wave, 2002-2008, which was described as ‘The Troubles’, a total of 26 Policemen were killed. The then Top Cop, Floyd Mc Donald, had the sad task of constantly attending funerals and paying tributes to his fallen heroes, rather than giving out awards.The use of excessive force has always been difficult. The use of force, including deadly force, is sometimes a necessary part of the job, but determining what is reasonable is highly subjective. In the landmark case in relation to the use of force, Graham vs Conner (1989), the Court held that the calculus of reasonableness must allow for the fact that the Police are often forced to make split-second judgments about the amount of force that is necessary in a particular situation in circumstances that are tense, uncertain, and are rapidly evolving.According to Nowicki, “The standard according to this decision is the ‘reasonable objective officer’.Nowicki, who is a “use-of-force” expert, posits, “There are three rules relating to the use of force by any officer. Rule number one is that you go home the same way as when you went to work: ALIVE. Rule number two is that you don’t go to prison. Rule number three is that you keep your job. If your use of force is reasonable, you protect yourself, your agency, the community, and even your assailant. But when in doubt, always remember rule number one.”Yours faithfully,Clinton ConwayAssistant Commissioner of Police (Retired)last_img read more