Lance LoRusso, Author of When Cops Kill, Peacemaking and Blue News To Speak At Georgia Sheriff's Association's Winter Conference On January 24th

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  • (1888PressRelease) January 19, 2017 - Attorney, Lance LoRusso, author of the acclaimed books, When Cops Kill: The Aftermath of a Critical Incident, Peacemaking and the newly released, Blue News will be speaking at the Georgia Sheriff's Association's 2017 Winter Training Conference on January 24, 2017 at 3 PM ET at the Cobb Galleria Centre, 2450 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia. LoRusso's presentation will be entitled, Blue News: Managing the Media. In this comprehensive presentation, LoRusso will discuss how an officer-involved shooting almost guarantees a law enforcement agency will face intense media scrutiny, with today's 24-hour news cycle only serving to inflame the often-contentious relationship between the police and journalists. He will offer a primer on how law enforcement agencies should deal with both traditional and social media in getting their story out. He discusses how law enforcement agencies need to be proactive and cannot allow the agency's response, or lack thereof, to become the news story-and never miss an opportunity to educate the public about the work they do and the challenges they face. LoRusso will also be signing copies of his books after his presentation.

    "Sadly it seems almost daily we are hearing about officer involved shootings in the news," said Lance LoRusso, author of Blue News, When Cops Kill and Peacemaking. "More than ever before with the media spotlight focused upon the use of force, law enforcement officers need to know what they can expect if they have to use force in the commission of their duties. My discussion deals with the media scrutiny they, their departments, and families will undergo and how best to handle this. I am honored to be addressing this critical issue at the Georgia Sheriff's Association's Winter Training Conference."

    Blue News is Lance LoRusso's latest book. In it readers learn how after officer-involved shootings, law enforcement agencies work in developing and communicating their message to the media, what happens within law enforcement agencies after an officer-involved shooting while the message that will be communicated to the public is being developed, and the dynamic that drives the news media to cover and report on critical incidents involving law enforcement. The book takes into account the role that social media plays in driving the narratives in officer-involved shootings and its importance as more and more people obtain their information or form opinions from social media.

    When Cops Kill: The Aftermath of a Critical Incident was LoRusso's first book and is a comprehensive study for law enforcement and family members of law enforcement officers to deal with the aftermath of the law enforcement officer having been involved in a shooting or violent alteration with a suspect. The book deals with the media coverage that will follow such an incident, the investigation, the potential of a civil lawsuit and how to deal emotionally with such an incident. The book is an excellent resource for law enforcement officers and their family members for the day when the call of duty leads to more than a random warrant being served or ticket being issued. LoRusso draws on his hands-on experience as a former law enforcement officer as well as an attorney who represents law enforcement officers. Proceeds from the sale of When Cops Kill are being donated to charities for law enforcement officers and their families.

    Peacemaking follows the journey of a police officer, Scotty Painter, in the aftermath of a shooting. In Peacemaking, Scotty Painter is the most respected member of his police department, having worked his way up from a street cop to deputy chief. After losing his wife, Christine, to cancer and giving his daughter away at her wedding, he now lives alone. His life as a cop is not easy, however, as he is haunted by the misery he has seen and the things he had to do to survive. One day, he finds himself sharing his deepest and most troubling thoughts with the only one who can truly understand his struggles and answer his questions. In a world far apart from his days filled with life and death decisions, Scotty comes face to face with his fears, his faith, and his destiny. LoRusso drew on his extensive experience as a former law enforcement officer and that of other officers in developing the story and expressing the emotions that the officer experiences, as well as, the affects the incident has on others. In Peacemaking, readers see the principal character as he travels his spiritual journey and ultimately turns to the only one who can truly understand his emotions and who he is.

    Lance LoRusso is the Principal of the LoRusso Law Firm located in Atlanta, Georgia. He has a healthcare and law enforcement background, and focuses his practice on general liability defense for individuals and corporations, medical malpractice defense, healthcare law and catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases on behalf of injured parties and affected families. His representation of law enforcement, healthcare systems, professional organizations and corporate clients has provided a broad range of expertise and earned him a reputation as an attorney committed to resolving complex client problems in a professional and cost efficient manner. A former officer, LoRusso is a strong advocate for Georgia law enforcement. He serves as General Counsel to the Georgia Fraternal Order of Police as well as Lodge Attorney for Cobb County's Lodge 13 of the Fraternal Order of Police. Additionally, he responds to critical incidents on behalf of law enforcement officers.

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