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Title: Use of Deadly Force in Seattle - When Is It Justified?
Author(s): J Tweedie; P Scanlan
Corporate Author: American Civil Liberties Union
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: American Civil Liberties Union
Seattle, WA 98104
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington suggests that the new use of deadly force policy for the Seattle Police Department should authorize deadly force only when clear and present danger of death exists for the officer or another citizen.
Abstract: Any deadly force policy must balance the duties of the law enforcement officer with the suspect's constitutional rights to life, trial, and due process. Washington, along with 23 other States, codifies the ancient common law rule which allows the use of deadly force to effect the arrest of any felon or felony suspect. In two recent cases, Federal courts have held deadly force rules to a stricter constitutional standard. The proposed policy would reduce the number of young offenders, blacks, and unarmed suspects who are shot by police. A police officer may effectively pursue the duties of apprehension and arrest without a deadly force option. In Southern California, for example, there was no decline in arrest rates when the policy proposed herein was adopted. An eight-entry bibliography is provided.
Index Term(s): American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); Police use of deadly force; Police weapons use; Policy; Washington
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