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Expert talks about police use-of-force situations

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A little more than a year ago, DCI ruled Eric Rule's death a homicide meaning he died at the hands of someone else, but it does not mean there was criminal intent.

Police say responding officers used a number of control techniques on Rule which were ineffective. That's when officer Steven Bose shot rule, killing him.

It was one of four police involved shootings over this past year. It has prompted the Waterloo Police Department and the Black Hawk County Attorney's Office to bring in an expert. Thursday morning, Dr. William Lewinski of the Force Science Institute gave a public presentation. The purpose was to give the public a better understanding of use-of-force situations and how police officers respond.

"We're here today as a community venture because attempting to inform the community as well about our research so maybe there will be a little more insight into the scientific foundation as how and why officers do things and the implication from science through investigation," said Lewinski.

"Obviously for law enforcement it is what is the science behind a use-of-force situations and how can we better train. I suppose for the public it's to have a better understanding of what is really happening in the mind of an officer in those situations," said Black Hawk County Attorney, Tom Ferguson.

Doctor Lewinski says it's hard to avoid use-of-force situations but with research and training the outcomes can improve.

"Human performance is all measurable. It can be researched. It can be understood and it can be enhanced by training and out goal is to find out how to do that particularly for officers in a crisis and help them and to help the citizens that they're interacting with understand that behavior better," said Lewinski.

Doctor Lewinski gave testimony during the grand jury probe into the shooting of Eric Rule, because of that he is not allowed to discuss the case. Steven Bose was cleared of any criminal wrong doing by the grand jury in regards to the shooting.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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