The Shape of Intention

Category: Press Article

Publication: BCPA Paralegal Press, Spring 2022, Vol. 53, Issue 1.

Author: Geoffrey T. Desmoulin.

Summary: A recent case involving a nighttime police shooting of a suspect illustrates how some relatively simple image processing techniques can be used to resolve ambiguity in body-worn camera images. In this case, the officers mistook a mobile phone for a firearm. Fearing that they were being targeted at close range, they used deadly force to subdue the suspect. The principal question in the investigation was whether the officers’ judgment of the intention of the subject could be substantiated.