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NCJ Number: 67310 Find in a Library
Title: POLICE CIVIL LIABILITY - LIMITS OF PHYSICAL FORCE, PART 3
Corporate Author: Bay State Film Productions
United States of America
Project Director: E M TWEEDY; G HOWARD
Date Published: 1980
Sponsoring Agency: Bay State Film Productions
Agawam, MA 01001
Harper and Row Media
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Harper and Row Media
Order Fulfillment/Customer
2350 Virginia Avenue
Hagerstown, MD 21740
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: INTENDED TO STIMULATE CRITICAL INDIVIDUAL THOUGHT AND ACTION, THIS FILM, THE THIRD OF A SIX-PART SERIES, RAISES THE ISSUES OF THE JUSTIFIED AND UNJUSTIFIED USE OF FORCE AND OF NONLETHAL WEAPONRY BY POLICE.
Abstract: USING DRAMATIZED INCIDENTS, THE FILM DISCUSSES THE LEGAL BASIS FOR A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER'S RIGHT TO USE FORCE FOR SELF-DEFENSE AND CAUTIONS THAT A SUSPECT OR OTHER INDIVIDUAL'S THREATENING WORDS OR THREATS OF FUTURE HARM DO NOT JUSTIFY THE OFFICER'S USE OF FORCE. THE FILM ALSO CONSIDERS THE BASIS FOR DETERMINING THE DEGREE OF FORCE TO BE USED IN EFFECTING AN ARREST. IT EMPHASIZES THAT EVEN WHEN THE USE OF FORCE IS JUSTIFIED UNDER THE SELF-DEFENSE DOCTRINE OR UNDER OTHER LEGAL AUTHORITY, AN OFFICER MAY BECOME CIVILLY AND CRIMINALLY LIABLE FOR USING INAPPROPRIATE OR UNREASONABLE FORCE WHEN THE CIRCUMSTANCES DO NOT JUSTIFY IT. FOR EXAMPLE, AN OFFICER WHO CONTINUES TO USE FORCE AFTER SUBDUING OR INCAPACITATING A SUSPECT MAY BE LIABLE FOR THE SUSPECT'S INJURIES. THE FILM ALSO DISCUSSES THE USE OF NONLETHAL POLICE WEAPONRY SUCH AS THE UNAUTHORIZED USE OF POLICE FLASHLIGHTS AND NIGHSTICKS IN A FORCEFUL MANNER AND STATES THAT OFFICERS SHOULD CARRY AND USE ONLY WEAPONS IN WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN ADEQUATE TRAINING. FOR RELATED ITEM, SEE NCJ 66306. (AOP)
Index Term(s): Abuse of authority; Audiovisual aids; Behavior under stress; Civil liability; Coercive persuasion of offenders; Complaints against police; Hostility; Lawful use of force; On-duty offenses; Police Brutality; Police weapons use
Note: 22 MINUTES, 16MM COLOR, 1980 PRICE INCLUDES POSTAGE AND HANDLING.
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