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Use of Force

Expert Witness Profile

Dr. Chuck J. Rylant has over 25 years of industry experience and is a Federal and State court qualified expert witness in police tactics and training, use-of-force, de-escalation, civilian self-defense, strangulation, fight or flight, decision making, memory, and other human performance factors.

He has a Doctor of Clinical Psychology; dissertation: Decisions Under Pressure: Psychological and Physiological Aspects of Police Use of Force.

Dr. Rylant is a retired police officer/detective, S.W.A.T. member, and P.O.S.T. certified department firearms, baton, chemical agents, use of force, and arrest and control (ARCON) trainer.

Dr. Rylant was an instructor at a California police academy for 15 years where he taught arrest and control (ARCON), use-of-force, and de-escalation. He is also a Certified Force Science Analyst and Advanced Force Science Specialist.

Dr. Rylant is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt instructor for law enforcement and civilians, as well as author of Shots Fired: The Psychology Behind Officer Involved Shootings.

Additional Areas of Expertise: Police use of force, law enforcement use of force, self defense, arrest and control, defensive tactics, human performance, human factors, strangulation, choke hold, attention, perception, response time, decision making, fight or flight, stress response, officer involved shooting, police shooting, internal affairs investigations, law enforcement discipline/arbitration.

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