Sunday, November 8, 2015


The use of deadly force must be judged by the standard of a reasonable person.  If a reasonable person in the same circumstances would have used deadly force, then the force is usually considered to be lawful.  Fear alone is not enough to warrant deadly force.

There are some police shootings, typically where a large number of officers are shooting, that some officers later state they were firing their guns because other officers were firing their guns.  If you don't have a specific target and if the target is not a reasonable deadly threat, then you should not be shooting.

Simply shooting because other officers around you are shooting is likely to be considered unlawful.  You must be able to articulate the threat that you saw or heard or experienced.  A vague fear because others were shooting at a car or building is not enough reason to shoot.  If six, or eight, or ten, or more officers are shooting at a suspect, that's generally enough; that's what the SGT Says.

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