Paul Michel, OD
Police shootings often occur under
conditions where it is difficult to see. When low lighting levels,
participant movement, acute fear and/ or time constraints exist, these
conditions need to be documented. Too frequently, these factors are ignored
as they are not within most investigator's knowledge. Dr. Paul Michel has
experience as both a California reserve officer and a visual expert. He
combined these fields in his experience with the LAPD's Officer Involved
Shootings Unit. A thorough investigation of the conditions adversely
impacting the officer's threat assessment is often critical.
Dr. Michel participated in the defense
preparation for the FBI agent at Ruby Ridge, Idaho. He also was a part of
the successful criminal defense of Cincinnati Officer Steven Roach in the
shooting of an unarmed suspect. The list of cases where he has investigated
and testified is available. Adverse visual conditions not documented can not
be presented in court. Dr. Michel is plain spoken and relates adverse
conditions of visibility in a manner the court can understand.
He received his Doctor of Optometry
degree from the Southern California College of Optometry. He holds a
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Visual Science.
He is certified by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and is a
Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He has numerous articles in
publication and has taught Neuro Science at Colorado Christian University.
He maintains a full time clinical optometry practice in Colorado.
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