Island police guild posts video that explains police shootings

The Bainbridge Island Police Guild has posted a video on its website that centers on officer-involved shootings.

The 17-minute video, titled "Hollywood vs Reality," appears courtesy of the Lane County District Attorney's Office in Eugene, Ore.

“There are frequently a number of misconceptions surrounding these types of incidents and the film does a good job of examining the basic training that officers receive while applying this to a number of real life situations depicted in the video,” said Bainbridge Police Lieutenant Bob Day, president of the guild.

The guild, which serves as the collective bargaining unit for island police officers, posted the video in response to the community discussion surrounding "a recent tragic incident."

In 2010, Doug Ostling was shot and killed by a Bainbridge police officer. The incident led to a federal lawsuit that is now running its course through civil court,  and the shooting has been the topic of much discussion in recent months. Questions surrounding police training in such matters have been posed to both Chief Fehlman and Day at recent community forums they attended.

The video can be seen on the guild's website at

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