“We conclude that policemen, like teachers and lawyers, are not relegated to a watered-down version of constitutional rights.”
Garrity v. New Jersey (1967) 385 U.S. 493

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August 2015

One more way to get an out of policy use of force on your record

In April 2014, the Police Commission added one sentence to the shooting policy under the Deadly Force heading. That sentence is, The reasonableness of an officer’s use of deadly force includes consideration of the officer’s tactical conduct and decisions leading up to the use of force.” In other words, your previous alleged tactical mistakes and poor decisions are wrapped around you like chains as you go into the fight. The spotlight is no longer on the reasonableness of the decision that you made at the moment you pulled the trigger. The spotlight is now a floodlight that looks at the tactics and decisions you made before you ever reached the decision to use force. It may be an out of policy use of force before you draw your gun. [Full Article]

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