The 4th Amendment & Deadly Force

There is a good article over on lawofficer.com about use of “deadly force”. Here’s a snipped from Smith v. Freland:

“Under Graham, we must avoid substituting our personal notions of proper police procedure for the instantaneous decision of the officer at the scene. We must never allow the theoretical, sanitized world of our imagination to replace the dangerous and complex world that policemen face every day. What constitutes ‘reasonable’ action may seem quite different to someone facing a possible assailant than to someone analyzing the question at leisure.”

—excerpted from Smith v. Freland, 954 F2d 343, 347 (6th Cir. 1992)

So to my LEO friends out there, it’s a good read. If you are not familiar with lawofficer.com, it has numerous training articles out there.

Do not construe this column as legal advice. Each police officer should consult with an attorney in their jurisdiction for legal advice on any specific issue.

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