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Lethal Force and the Objectively Reasonable Officer
This book titled “Lethal Force and the Objectively Reasonable Officer” was published by Looseleaf Law Publications, Inc. in 2015 (
). It was written to help save the lives of law enforcement officers from the often-deadly attacks leveled against them by persons who have no regard for the sanctity of life. It was likewise written to assist officers who have been involved in deadly force situations in defending themselves against potential criminal charges and civil lawsuits for alleged constitutional rights violations. The book explains the legal principles involved in civil rights lawsuits filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983 in excessive force and deadly force matters. It contains many actual case studies; ; and action/reaction and wound ballistics studies designed to educate law enforcement management officials (including Internal Affairs Officers), prosecutors, judges, juries and the general public regarding street officer vulnerability to serious injury and death in the real world of police work.
John M. Callahan Jr., aka “Mike” Callahan had a career in law enforcement that spanned 44 years. He is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School and licensed to practice law in Massachusetts. He began his law enforcement career as a Special Agent for the United States Naval Criminal Investigative Service. He transferred to the FBI in 1969 and spent the next 30 years as an FBI Special Agent, Supervisory Special Agent, and Chief Division Counsel. During his FBI career he served as an Instructor of Law at the FBI Academy for 3 ½ years and taught several sessions of the FBINA. He also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for 3 years in Boston, MA. Mr. Callahan has taught thousands of law enforcement professionals in matters involving criminal law/procedure; deadly force; and civil liability. He is the author of three published books in the law enforcement field including two on deadly force (the most recent is titled “Lethal Force and the Objectively Reasonable Officer” published by Looseleaf Law in 2015). Mr. Callahan’s DOB is 7/28/43 and he can be reached by email at
and phone 617-777-0296.
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