Thursday, May 14, 2015


Use of force can be dangerous and so it's best to deescalate it to a no use of force incident if possible.  Still, that's not always reasonable.  If a suspect is actively resisting, if he is placing people in danger, then you may even need to increase the amount of force needed to control the event.

A fast, violent use of force can actually prevent further and more serious use of force.  Sometimes officers allow a situation get out of control necessitating even greater force that what was originally necessary to control the situation.

Police use of force must be reasonable.  Struggling around with a suspect for an extended period is not reasonable.  Fighting with a suspect for an extended period gives more opportunities for the suspect to take your gun, to get away, or for other people to get involved; that's what the SGT Says.

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