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“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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December 2018 – Warning Bells article

Use of force “Clarification” clear as mud

The Department’s “Clarification” notice issued on Jan. 22, 2018, says this: “The courts have held that Less-Lethal force are capable of inflicting significant pain and may cause serious injury. Therefore, consistent with the Department’s Use of Force Policy, Less-Lethal force options are only permissible when: An officer reasonably believes the suspect or subject is violently resisting arrest or poses an immediate threat of violence or physical harm. Less-Lethal force options shall not be used for a suspect or subject who is passively resisting or merely failing to comply with commands. Verbal threats of violence or mere non-compliance do not alone justify the use of Less-Lethal force.” [Full article]


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