posted on Jan, 27 2012 @ 03:52 PM
reply to post by MikeNice81
In police jargon, deadly force is also referred to as shoot and kill. The Supreme Court has ruled that, depending on the circumstances, if an offender
resists arrest, police officers may use as much force as is reasonably required to overcome the resistance. Whether the force is reasonable is
determined by the judgment of a reasonable officer at the scene, rather than by hindsight. Because police officers can find themselves in dangerous or
rapidly changing situations where split second decisions are necessary, the judgment of someone at the scene is vital when looking back at the actions
of a police officer.
Circumstances that are taken into consideration are the severity of the offense, how much of a threat the suspect poses, and the suspect's attempts
to resist or flee the police officer. When arresting someone for a misdemeanor, the police have the right to shoot the alleged offender only in
self-defense. If an officer shoots a suspect accused of a misdemeanor for a reason other than self-defense, the officer can be held liable for
criminal charges and damages for injuries to the suspect. This standard was demonstrated in the Iowa case of Klinkel v. Saddler, 211 Iowa 368, 233
N.W. 538 (1930), where a sheriff faced a wrongful death lawsuit because he had killed a misdemeanor suspect during an arrest. The sheriff said he had
used deadly force to defend himself, and the court ruled in his favor.
The LAPD Policy Manual Contains the Following Use-of-Deadly Force- Standards:
Deadly Force Defense Standard - "An officer is equipped with a firearm to protect himself or others against the immediate threat of death or serious
bodily injury ..."(13)
Today, however, police officers are setting aside traditional tactics. They are being taught to enter a building if they are the first to arrive at
the scene, to chase the gunman, and to kill or disable him as quickly as possible. This sweeping change in police tactics—variously called
rapid-response, emergency-response, or first-responder—is a direct result of the shootings that occurred at Columbine High School, in Littleton,
Colorado, on April 20 of last year, which was the worst in a series of shootings in schools across the United States in the 1990s. Two students armed
with bombs and guns invaded Columbine and wandered through the school, firing indiscriminately. Twelve students and a teacher died, and twenty-three
other students were wounded. The shooters took their own lives.
Now every officer is instructed to "take the shot if you have it."
City cops are livid over a legislative proposal that could handcuff the brave officers involved in life-and-death confrontations every day --
requiring them to shoot gun-wielding suspects in the arm or leg rather than shoot to kill, The Post has learned.
Under present NYPD training, cops are taught to shoot at the center of their target and fire their weapon until the threat has been stopped.
shoot at the targets center mass unitl the threat has stopped