Eric P. Daigle, J.D.
Attorney Daigle specializes in Civil Rights litigation and as a Law Enforcement Operations Consultant. Attorney Daigle also conducts training on use of force standards, including electronic control weapons and responses to force/deadly force incidents. Attorney Daigle acts in his capacity as a Law Enforcement Consultant providing guidance and oversight to department command staff on operations, force response and risk management. He has served as an expert witness in use of force cases and has reviewed use of force incidents around the US. Attorney Daigle serves as a member of independent monitoring teams and acts as an auditor in reviewing police department organizational compliance with procedural revisions directed or overseen by the Federal court system.
Carrie Hill, Esq.
Ms. Hill is an attorney and national criminal justice consultant. She has dedicated her twenty-nine year career to providing professional development seminars in correctional law, along with criminal justice consulting, in order to educate and empower those working in the correctional industry. Attorney Hill’s contributions go beyond professional development to consulting for and defense of correctional facilities, management and staff; she is also the former General Counsel to the Utah Department of Corrections, Editor of Corrections Managers’ Report and most recently, the Senior Administrative Manager to Sheriff Richard Stanek in Hennepin County, MN. Attorney Hill has recently accepted a new role with the NSA as the Director of the National Center for Jail Operations (NCJO).
Mr. Fredericks is a contract instructor of video sciences at the FBI National Academy and is one of the most experienced video experts in North America. Grant is a Certified Forensic Video Analyst who has testified as an expert witness over 200 times in courts at all levels. He is recognized as a leading instructor in the science of Digital Video Interpretation, Photographic/Video Comparison, Reverse Projection and Motion Analysis of digital video images.
Kris E. Pitcher
Pitcher has been the Commander of the Los Angeles Police Department for thirty years and is a member of the Department’s Use of Force Review Board (UOFRB) that critically analyzes their most critical UOF incidents. Commander Pitcher has a wealth of knowledge on the investigation of officer involved shootings and best practices in the industry. He has reviewed, approved and consulted on thousands of non-lethal, less lethal and lethal UOF investigations throughout cases and matters during his time as a command staff officer with the LAPD and during his time as a UOF consultant with law enforcement agencies across the country. Commander Pitcher also serves as a Litigative Consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section, where he has reviewed hundreds of UOF cases and their subsequent adjudications.
Sergeant Borden has six years as a Use of Force Specialist encompassing firearms, Taser and Defensive Tactics with the Henderson Police Department. Jamie Borden is currently assigned as the Sergeant over the Henderson Police Department Training Bureau and the “Use of Force Training and Analysis Unit.” Jamie is a Certified Analyst and has obtained the Advanced Specialist Certification in human factors and is now a senior instructor with The Force Science Institute. Since 2014 Jamie has been certified and deposed as an expert in human factors, Use of Force, Video Analysis and police procedure related to police officers in an OIS or other critical incidents.
Terri Wilfong has thirty-three years of law enforcement experience. She served in the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Kentucky State Police and the Jefferson County Police Department. She was assigned to multiple units including Criminal Investigation, Internal Affairs, Accreditations Manager and the Hostage Negotiations Team. Ms. Wilfong served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the first command staff of the Louisville Metro Police Department. In 2006, she retired from Louisville Metro and became Chief of Police for the City of Greenville, South Carolina in 2007. Ms. Wilfong has presented to the IACP, Southern Police Institute, local government hearings and both public and private entities. She served as the IACP Chair of the Crime Prevention Committee and the Conference Committee. She recently retired as Chief of Police after a seventeen year tenure.
Lieutenant Dillon is a twenty-five year veteran law enforcement officer and is now a highly sought-after speaker and trainer. He has trained and consulted law enforcement use of force issues/programs throughout North America and Europe. He has appeared on CNN, NPR and other radio talk shows. He is an expert contributor and columnist to PoliceOne.com, Police Magazine.com and LineofDuty.com. Lt Dillon has presented at numerous conferences, such as the International Association of Chief of Police (IACP), FBI NA Chapters/LEEDA and FBI Command College, the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and many more. He is the founder and president of KFD Training & Consultation LLC and L.O.C.K.U.P. His company, Police Combat Training Systems (www.poliecombat.com), seeks to provide the highest level of professional police, security training and use of force consultation for the past sixteen years.
Lawrence Terra, Esq.
Attorney Terra has served as a command level CT state trooper, a federal law enforcement officer and now as a municipal police department administrator. He serves as a Certified Police Officer Standards and Training Council legal trainer and as an associate college professor. With thirty years of law enforcement experience, Attorney Terra has investigated or supervised police use of force investigations, police misconduct, criminal police violations and corruption. He has worked closely with municipal governments in the analysis and resolution of internal issues relating to violations of policy, hiring processes, termination procedures and established employment standards. Attorney Terra is certified to provide instruction in all police related legal training areas identified by the Police Academy.
Captain Sean Case has been involved in law enforcement since 1998, beginning his career with the Los Angeles Police Department and currently working for Anchorage Police Department. In his seventeen years with the Anchorage Police Department, Captain Case has served in various roles including SWAT operator, K9 handler, School Resource Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Internal Affairs Investigator, Patrol Shift Commander and the Captain of the Crime Suppression Division. Currently he is Acting Deputy Chief of Administration, overseeing Internal Affairs, the Training Academy, Dispatch, Records, IT, Property and Evidence, Recruiting and Hiring. He also served as a firearms and Use of Force Instructor for academy and in-services training.
Mike Whalen, Esq.
Attorney Whalen retired from Dennis, MA Police Department in 2014 after thirty-eight years spanning across four police agencies. During his career with the Hartford Police Department, he completed a variety of assignments including Patrol, Traffic, Communications, Major Crimes, Team Leader on the Department’s Emergency Response Team and Supervisor of the Department’s Community Policing Unit. He coordinated the Department’s Civil Litigation Unit and acted as the Department Advocate-reviewing disciplinary files and representing the Department in disciplinary hearings. During his career, he was the first Police Chief appointed to lead the CT State Capitol Police. He led three departments as the Chief of Police: CT State Capitol Police, Farmington CT Police Department and the Dennis, MA Police Department. Chief Whalen implemented or maintained the accreditation process in each department he led and conducted numerous accreditation on-site reviews.
Mr. Zawilinski is currently an Investigator for the CT Department of Correction where he holds the rank of Captain. He has been the agency’s subject matter expert on use of force and is often called upon to review and determine if such an incident requires additional investigation. For over 25 years, Mr. Zawilinski has served as an Instructor and an Instructor-Trainer in various topics to include Administrative Investigations, Firearms, Tactical Operations, Leadership, Defensive Tactics, Use of Force, Legal Aspects, Chemical Weapons, Baton and as an adjunct instructor for the agency’s Fugitive Recovery Team (FRT). He is a certified Force Science analyst and has received certifications from several nationally recognized organizations that specialize in interview and interrogation techniques, de-escalation tactics, psychology of conflict, use of force and legal aspects.
Jon Brighthaupt Retired from the CT Department of Correction as Warden of a maximum-security institution and during his tenure served in numerous specialized areas including frontline staff and inmate supervision, statewide investigations and audits, staff training, statewide labor/management contract negotiations and as Warden of two maximum security, pre-sentenced and sentenced correctional institutions. He spent several years conducting internal affairs investigations and investigations into incidents of special concern to the Commissioner of Correction. His proficiency in investigations and compliance audits ultimately resulted in his promotion to lead and manage the division.
Chris Butler A thirty three year law enforcement veteran, Chris is currently the Inspector of the Major Event and Emergency Management Section of the Calgary Police Service in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, an agency of over 2200 sworn officers policing approximately 1.2 million people. Chris has an extensive background in law enforcement use of force and has been certified as an instructor or instructor trainer in numerous firearms, combative, less lethal/chemical agents and emergency vehicle operation disciplines. In addition, Chris has training in special event risk management and close personal protection. He is currently the Director of Program Development for the Force Science Institute (FSI) and has been certified as a use of force investigator and advanced force science analysis specialist and has instructed the ‘Biomechanics of Human Force Encounters’ for FSI throughout Canada and the United States for the past six years.
Jason Thody has been with the Hartford, CT police Department since 1996 and currently holds the rank of Captain. He has been a consultant and instructor with the Daigle Law Group since 2012, a Connecticut P.O.S.T.C. certified law enforcement instructor since 2005 and is a Certified Litigation Specialist with Americans For Effective Law Enforcement. Thody specializes on matters including use of force, officer involved shootings, force review boards and law enforcement policy, management and administration. He sits on his Department’s Firearm Discharge Board of Inquiry, examining all officer involved shootings for compliance with policy and law. Thody spent eight years on his department’s tactical team as an operator and team leader and has extensive experience with tactical operations. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officer Course and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.
Lieutenant Alan Yu is currently serving as a Watch Commander for the Oakland Police Department. From 2011-2016 he served as OPD’s Lead Force Investigator, and later was promoted to Force Investigations Commander and then Internal Affairs Commander. Lieutenant Yu investigated, reviewed and/or presented all of Oakland’s Officer Involved Shootings and In Custody Incidents since 2011. He has conducted training on Use of Force Investigations, Officer Involved Shootings/Investigations, Electronic Control Weapons, Community Policing and Racial Profiling. He has received certification from the Force Science Institute and Force Encounters Analysis from the California Training Institute.
Because of trial schedule changes or other unplanned events, we may have to engage substitute speakers with similar knowledge and experience.