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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Police Officers cannot use unreasonable force

This blog does not create an attorney-client relationship. You should not rely upon this blog for legal advice, but instead should consult an attorney experienced in your area of concern.

Police officers often risk their lives to protect the public.  They are appropriately respected and deserve the appreciation of all of us.  Yet there are times in which a police officer uses unreasonable force in investigating a crime or making an arrest.  Police officers have immunity from prosecution for ordinary force that must be used in the course of their work.  However, the United States Constitution requires that the use of force must be reasonable - especially when it comes to the use of deadly force.  The leading case on this law is GRAHAM v. CONNOR, 490 U.S. 386 (1989).

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