Holding deputies to a standard in 'use of force' cases

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We recently told you about an increase in violent crime in Bismarck; it's a trend that's affecting agencies other than the police and in different ways than just changing patrol.

Brent Lipponen didn't use force this night, but another deputy did; tazing a man they were chasing. He says the situations tend to be intense.

"It's going to be dangerous and you got to try and think about all the scenarios of what could happen, what is happening and what you need to do," said patrol deputy Brent Lipponen, Burleigh County Sheriff's Department

This is why Wangen and others review use of force cases with dash cam video and any information they can gather. The "response to resistance committee" has already looked at 21 cases this year.

"Our community is changing, and the duties are changing for what our deputies are handling out there," said Sgt. Trent Wangen, member of Response to Resistance Committee, Burleigh County Sheriff's Department.

This March's 7-mile pursuit started with a traffic violation, and after rolling his truck over, the man ran away. The committee approved the use of the taser, but that's not always the case.

"There was a situation where one of the detention staff used force that was not appropriate at the time," said Wangen.

If force is not appropriate, Wangen says the case is forwarded to administration for possible disciplinary action.