Police Use Of Excessive Force

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The use of force becomes necessary and is permitted under unambiguous circumstances; for example, self-defense or defending another group or person (Police use of excessive force, 1999). If it is taken a step further it should not be considered excessive force. For example, a 150lbs officer is being challenged by a 300lbs man and the heavy man rushes towards the officer holding something in his hand; the officer shoots him and kills him. That is not should be considered excessive force. The officer was just doing what he was trained to do; assessing the situation, act within the use of force continuum and protect himself, public and the aggressor. The International Association of Chiefs of Police has described use of force as the “amount of
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