Dr. Ron Martinelli, Ph.D., BCFT, CFA, CLS,
is a former Criminal Justice Training Center Director and current Police / Corrections Practices, Criminal Investigations and Use of Force Instructor Consultant
with a unique combination of extensive field experience and academic credentials that attorneys, judges and juries appreciate and commend. He has been representing agency defense and concerned plaintiff clients since 1991.
Dr. Martinelli serves as chief legal consultant, police practices expert and trial specialist. He has an impressive and diverse law enforcement background in police, corrections, probation and private security practices and training and premises liability. Dr. Martinelli is an experienced police practices expert qualified in Federal and State Courts who specializes in 4th, 8th and 14th Amendment litigation. He is skilled in incident reconstruction, evidence gathering, discovery, forensic legal analysis ans testimony. Dr. Martinelli is also a Board Certified Expert in Forensic Traumatology, an AELE Certified Litigation Specialist in Police/Corrections Practices and a Certified Force Analyst through the Force Science Center, Minnesota State University
Dr. Martinelli has been referred to by attorney clients as "the expert's expert." He has a 90% case WIN ratio
with over $120 Million saved defending agencies and over $30 Million recovered for plaintiff's since 2004 alone. He provides attorneys, State Attorney General Offices and municipalities with superior consulting and expert witness services in the fields of law enforcement practices, liability, negligence, litigation, criminal prosecution and criminal defense. Police practices and forensic expert to the States of NV, NM, NE, WV, Denver, Miami Beach and numerous municipalities. Forensic expert consultant to CNN Headline News, Discovery and History Channels.
Areas of Expertise
- Search & Seizure
- Use of Force / Excessive Force - All Levels and Weaponry
- Officer Involved Shootings(OIS)
- In-Custody Deaths
- Criminal Investigations
- Police Practices, Training & Supervision
- Adult & Juvenile Corrections
- Law Enforcement Negligence
- Civilian Self-Defense, Security, Foreseeable Harm
- Insurance Cases.
An officer detains an active parolee gang member for questioning, and during the detention, the suspect suddenly runs. The officer chases the suspect for two blocks, observes the suspect to be grabbing into his shorts pocket.
On November 5, 2010, Superior Court Judge Hon. Robert Perry sentenced former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle to two years in state prison for the January 1,2009, accidental shooting death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant at the Fruitdale BART station.
San Francisco Police officers respond to a call of an agitated mentally disturbed and disabled man in a wheelchair wielding a knife and vandalizing parked cars on a downtown city street. A group of at least six uniformed and plain clothes officers locate and surround the man who remains seated in his wheelchair. The officers' initial attempts to communicate with the angry, apparently delusional and armed man prove ineffective.
An officer responding to a report of a domestic argument between husband and wife observes the husband walking down the street.
One of the most pressing problems within the law enforcement and use-of-force instructor communities is the reconciliation of force deployments with subject noncompliance and resistance.