April 24, Reasonable Force

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Heard On Route 51
Police tape
Justin McGregor (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Few things prompt greater scrutiny and criticism of local police departments than officer-involved shootings. The number of people fatally shot by law enforcement statewide rose in 2019, including some incidents in north central Wisconsin. But what constitutes reasonable force, and how are critical incidents investigated?

Shereen Siewert welcomes Wausau Police Chief Ben Bliven and Portage County District Attorney Louis Molepske for a discussion on officer-involved critical incidents, including fatal shootings. This week’s guests will talk about how officers are trained to deal with dangerous situations, how such incidents are investigated and how prosecutors determine whether police actions are appropriate.

Episode Credits

  • Shereen Siewert Host
  • Rick Reyer Producer
  • Joy Ratchkramer Producer
  • Louis Molepske Guest
  • Ben Bliven Guest