Panel of Experts

PORAC LDF recognizes the importance of expert witness testimony in police misconduct cases. A large panel of expert witnesses from around the country in the fields of use of force, police practices, forensic video analysis , medical/psychological, and jury consultants, are regularly utilized in the defense of our members. Below is the list of frequently used experts by our members.

Expert Expert Type
Advocacy Investigation Services INVESTIGATORS
Alexander Jason TACTICAL
Arizona Jury Research (Jan C. Spaeth) JURY CONSULTANT
Audio Mechanics VIDEO SERVICES
Barbara Zeek Shaw, M.S.W. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Barry V. Brodd

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Bio

I am a retired City of Santa Rosa Police Officer with 29 years of law enforcement experience at the municipal and federal levels. As an adjunct faculty member at the Santa Rosa Junior College for 35 years I have experience teaching and training law enforcement officers at the local, state and federal levels. I have 22 years of experience as an expert witness dealing with law enforcement use of force issues and police procedures. I possess expertise in the areas of civilian and law enforcement self-defense, use of force and police practices. I have provided both written opinions and courtroom testimony in numerous cases related to these three areas of expertise. I have qualified as an expert in United States District Courts, California Superior Courts, Arbitration hearings and Civil Service commissions.

Use of force
Berryhill Computer Forensics, Inc. COMPUTER FORENSICS
BVB & Associates USE OF FORCE
Cameron Consulting USE OF FORCE
D&M Polygraph POLYGRAPH
Dave Rose

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Bio

Retired Lieutenant from Placer County Sheriff, California. 25 plus years with Placer County, 28 plus years total law enforcement experience. 23 years SWAT. Primary physical skills instructor specializing in: Defensive Tactics/Arrest Control Techniques; Impact Weapons; Firearms; Use of Force; Training; Police Practices; Critical Incident Stress (Certified Force Analyst); Tactics; SWAT; Cell Extraction; Juvenile Hall Procedures.

Certified Court Expert (State)in Use of Force; Deadly Force; Impact Weapons; Firearms; Training; Jail Procedures & Practices; Defensive Tactics; Police Practices; OC; Electronic Control Devices; SWAT; Canine Procedures; Internal Affairs Investigations; Witness Perceptions; Body Weapon Markings; Impact Weapon Markings; Critical Incident Stress; Deadly Weapons; Handcuffing.

Federal Court expert in Use of Force; Jail Procedures; Police Practices; Training.

Use of force
David Notowitz NCAVF Audio Video Forensics
David S. Moore FORENSIC
E. J. Pellegrino USE OF FORCE
Edit Systems, Inc. VIDEO SERVICES
Expert Tactical Consulting TACTICAL
Fingerprint Investigations INVESTIGATORS
Force Science Institute, Ltd. USE OF FORCE
Forensic Consultation International FORENSIC
Forensic Psychiatric Assoc. Medical Group FORENSIC
G/T Investigations, Inc. INVESTIGATORS
Gach & Associates INVESTIGATORS
Gary M. Vilke, M.D.,FACEP, FAAEM Medical Expert
Granieri Private Investigations & Consulting INVESTIGATORS
Heartland Information Services, Inc. INVESTIGATORS
Heiser Private Investigators INVESTIGATORS
Jesse Zuniga INVESTIGATORS
>Joel Fay, Psy.D., ABPP

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Bio

Joel Fay Psy.D served as a police officer for over 30 years and retired in 2011.  In 2009 Dr. Fay obtained his Doctorate in Psychology from Argosy University and is now in private practice working with emergency responders from numerous organizations.  Dr. Fay’s specialty areas include psychological treatment for emergency responders, critical incident stress response, PTSD and police response to persons with mental illness. Dr. Fay teaches Crisis Intervention Training for numerous agencies throughout California.

Dr. Fay has co-authored a number of articles and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is on their Psychological Services Committee.  He is a past President of the Forensic Mental Health Association of California and the President of the First Responder Support Network.  Dr. Fay is a frequent instructor on forensic mental health and trauma reaction/ treatment issues and a guest speaker at numerous conferences throughout the country. 

Dr. Fay has received numerous awards for his work including the 2007 Humanitarian Award, presented by the California Psychological Association and the 2012 award for Outstanding Contributions to the Practice of Police & Public Safety Psychology presented by the American Psychological Association.  He is Board Certified in Police and Public Safety Psychology.

Medical
>John Pizzi

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Bio

John Pizzi is a retired sergeant from the Phoenix Police Department in Phoenix, Arizona. He retired in 1994 and opened the business in Flagstaff. John has a B.S. in Education from Northern Arizona University. Prior to retirement, he specialized in instruction in the area of rape prevention for women.

John conducts all investigations for clients. If there is a need for further assistance on any case, only state licensed investigations are chosen to assist.

John's forte is in sex crimes investigations. He functioned as a sergeant in the Phoenix Police Sex Crimes Unit for over three years. During that time he managed over 7000 sex related cases. This included adult rapes and child crimes. John supervised the apprehension of nine serial rapists during his time in this unit. Based on all his exposure during this time frame, he is well versed at determining suspect profiles.

John was also a defensive tactics instructor for the state agency that certifies the police officers in Arizona. He was also certified in impact weapons and high risk vehicle stops. Based on that experience he is qualified to examine and investigate cases involving police use of force, up to deadly force.

John's nine years experience as a police sergeant took him to many different assignments. He managed patrol squads, walking beat squads, undercover street crimes units, general investigations assignments, sex crimes and vice enforcement units. This broad exposure of assignments allows him to make determinations as to lack of or quality of police management of specific incidents.

Investigator
Kelly J. Madsen INVESTIGATORS
Kent Costley and Associates CONSULTING
L. Scott Frazier, Ph.D. MEDICAL
Leonard Brant, M.D. MEDICAL
Leonesio Consulting, LLC. USE OF FORCE
Lon Bartel TACTICAL
LS Trial Services JURY CONSULTANT
McCann Consulting CONSULTING
Michael G. Schott VIDEO SERVICES
Mike McCullough, Accident Reconstruction ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTION
Norman Fort FORENSIC
Paul Ingels & Associates, Inc. INVESTIGATORS
Paul S.D. Berg MEDICAL
Precision Defense of Arizona INVESTIGATORS
PSI Investigations INVESTIGATORS
R.M. McCarthy & Associates, Inc. USE OF FORCE
Ronald R. Homer INVESTIGATORS
Rose Consulting USE OF FORCE
Siragusa Investigations INVESTIGATORS
>Southern California Private Investigators, Inc. INVESTIGATORS
Steve Hansen Use of Force
Steven B. Karch MEDICAL
Tactical K9, LLC TACTICAL
Thomas Fischer Investigations LLC INVESTIGATORS
>Thomas Streed, Ph.D.

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Bio

Thomas Streed, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized behavioral scientist, who is the founder and owner of Forensic Consultation International, a privately held company that consults throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Mexico, Central and South America regarding the investigation and analysis of criminal activity and violent behavior.  He received his Ph.D. in Human Behavior while working as a homicide detective for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.  During the course of his twenty-four year career with the SDSO, he was involved in excess of two thousand death investigations ranging from suicides to sadistic-ritual murders, serial killings and mass murders.  Dr. Streed uses his education, training, experience, knowledge and skill to both consult with Local, State, Federal and Military law enforcement agencies regarding the investigation of violent crimes, and to testify as an expert witness in the Superior, Federal and Military Courts in such areas as crime scene analysis and interpretation, police use-of-force, military use-of-force (rules of engagement), drug-induced behaviors, and interrogation tactics and techniques.

Medical
Tom Crompton Investigative Services INVESTIGATORS
Tom S. Neuman, M.D., FACP, FACPM

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Bio

Dr. Neuman is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Emergency Medicine, Occupational Medicine and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. He was trained as a Naval Undersea Medical Officer, and has made many original contributions to the field of diving medicine and physiology. Dr. Neuman was responsible for the seminal work in the field of “in custody” deaths that demonstrated the lack of a clinically significant ventilatory effect of the “hog-tie” position and has been a co-author on over a dozen articles on “in custody” deaths and their relationship to various restraint methods and procedures including “pepper spray” and the effects of Taser® activtions. Dr. Neuman continues to do research in the field of “in custody” deaths, to teach and to publish. He partially retired from the University of California on July 1, 2006 where he was the Associate Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine and a Professor of Medicine and Surgery.

Medical
Torres Investigations INVESTIGATORS
Toxicology Consulting, Inc MEDICAL
Vincent J.M. Di Maio, M.D. MEDICAL