Part I of this series dealt with the legal parameters that makes up the frame work for an officers use of force. These included case law such as Graham vs. Connor, State Law and police department policies. One of the concepts set in Graham vs Connor and Arizona State Law as well as that of many other states was that of “reasonableness”.
Police use of force has been a hot topic for a number of years, and allegations of excessive force continue to generate headlines across the nation. The apparent prevalence of these allegations has resulted in feelings of fear, disbelief, and mistrust within our communities. While there is no question that some of the allegations are accurate, many of them involve incidents in which the officers’ actions are legally and morally justified.