Saturday, June 21, 2014

SCOTUS

http://www.lawofficer.com/article/industry-news/legal-eagle-supreme-court-upho

Police were in pursuit of a suspect who was driving over 100 miles per hour.  The suspect was forcing cars off the road and he rammed police vehicles.  Despite this the suspect still kept trying to ram police out of his way to escape.

Police fired fifteen rounds into the vehicle, killing both the suspect and his passenger.  The Supreme Court held that their actions were objectively reasonable.  The police used videotape to help explain what happened that night.

Complete and accurate reports are so important in cases.  It helps to paint a word picture of events to people who were not there who might have to revisit the incident, even years later.  In this instance the agency preserved the videotape from the car dashboards and was able to use it later in court.  Cops nearly always do the right thing in the field, but we need to make sure our documentation is just as good; that's what the SGT Says.

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