POLICE Magazine

JUN 2019

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42 POLICE JUNE 2019 W hy do we do what we do in a use-of-force situation? Why do we grab and twist an arm in one situation, TASER the suspect in another situation, and shoot the suspect in another? What we do is assess the threat, then apply our knowledge and expe- rience of policy, training, equipment, and tactics. ese are the Big Four that drive our decision-making when someone decides to resist or fight instead of cooperating when we tell them, "You're under arrest. Turn around and put your hands behind your back." In this article, we will look at an arrest-related death case that recently went to trial by jury in Arizona and a "suicide by cop" officer-involved shooting that recently went to trial in California. But first, let's look at the law that tells us how to judge officers' uses of force and should drive our policy. PHOTO: POLICE FILE J TACTICS AND TRAINING: LEGAL GROUNDS FOR USING FORCE Some agencies have policies and training that are not current with the law. H GREG MEYER Editor's Note: e following article is the second in a series.

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