Essay Police Use Of Force / Deadly Force

1234 Words Oct 15th, 2016 5 Pages
In this Paper I will be talking about Police use of force/deadly force and how it affects the world. I will also talk about the Legal foundation, Search and seizure, and due process and how all three of these affect police involved shooting using deadly force. Police officers may use deadly force in specific circumstances when they are trying to enforce the law. Private citizens may use deadly force in certain circumstances in Self-Defense. The rules governing the use of deadly force for police officers are different from those for citizens.

During the twelfth century, the Common Law allowed the police to use deadly force if they needed it to capture a felony suspect, regardless of the circumstances. At that time, People with felonies were not as common as they are now and were usually punishable by death. Also, law officers had a more difficult time capturing suspects because they did not have the technology and weapons that they have now. The courts have restricted the use of deadly force to certain, dangerous situations. The Supreme Court has defined the "objective reasonableness" standard as a balance between the rights of the person being arrested and the government interests that allow the use of force. The Fourth Amendment protects U.S. citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures, the category into which an arrest will fall into. The Supreme Court has said that a Search and Seizure is reasonable if it is based on Probable Cause and if it does not unreasonably…

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