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Human Factors and Jury Decisions

I did not follow the trial well enough to form an opinion on the verdict, but as a detective trained to investigate and consider human factors during use of force incidents it is particularly disturbing to read the turning point for the jury was the weight difference of the gun vs. the Taser and the difference in trigger pull.


In a stressful situation where attention is diverted elsewhere, she would've had virtually no ability to mentally "notice" these differences. Ask a surgeon what the scalpel feels like or a pilot surviving a plane crash what the controls felt like in his hand, or a driver with the steering wheel, and you're likely to get a combined memory of what it felt like every time and not a specific memory of THAT time.


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