Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Use of Force

Force can usually only be used to stop an unlawful attack against you or another innocent person, to overcome resistance to a lawful arrest, or to prevent escape.  Force should not be used as a form of punishment.  It is the duty of the court system to determine punishment.

Force must always be objectively reasonable and must cease once resistance has been overcome.  If you use deadly force it must be used only to counter a deadly threat or a potentially deadly threat.  You need not be injured or struck first in order to use force, including deadly force.

If you use force you should make a reasonable effort to arrest the person you used force against.  If they have not committed an arrestable offense, then there is likely no lawful reason to use force against them.  It is a good idea to use verbal commands to order the suspect to stop resisting or to drop their when, even while using deadly force against them; that's what the SGT Says.

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