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Oct.
20th

Catching dangerous criminals: fiction vs. reality

After a busy week, Hollywood knows that the last thing the average weekend moviegoer wants is a brain teaser. That’s why police thrillers usually pull the audience directly into the story, letting us ride shotgun with the bad guys as well as the cops.

The dialogue is spoonfed and the action slams us on the head in high definition and Dolby stereo. By the time the police finally roll up, the only question remaining is how quickly the cops will figure it all out.

That’s not how it works in real life, of course.

When an actual shooting occurs, real

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