Friday, April 10, 2015

Police Officer Shot Unarmed Man

A police officer shot an unarmed man in the back as he was running away from the officer.  When can officers use deadly force and when would this be legal?  Officers can use deadly force generally, when it is reasonable, to prevent great bodily injury or death of themselves or another innocent person. 

In the event of a suspect who has tried to grab an officers Taser, it would be reasonable to us deadly force to prevent him getting the Taser or from using the Taser if no other reasonable option was likely to succeed.  In this instance, that does not appear to be the case.

If this man were an armed robber, if he had just shot someone, if the officer was concerned a possible killer would escape, then the use of deadly force by the officer may be reasonable.  This incident does not seem to meet that criteria; that's what the SGT Says.

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