Cops On the Witness Stand: Are They Credible ‘Experts’?

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A forthcoming article in the Harvard Law Review questions whether the use of  police officers as “experts” on the witness stand is helpful to juries and judges, or an attempt to “expand police authority in multiple areas of the law.”

The article, entitled “The Judicial Presumption of Police Expertise,” observes that the notion that police testimony should be granted special deference coincided with the growing professionalization of police forces starting in the 1950s.  But while officers may witness . . .

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