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  •  I recall reading something about how things (4+ / 0-)

    changed in that regard, but I can't find it now.  I did find this:

    http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/...

    Notice what is on top of the list.

    •  Here's a little something: (4+ / 0-)
      A. Authorized use of a firearm.  (scroll down to page 4 in the 8 page PDF)

      It is the policy of California law enforcement to resort to the use of a firearm under law when it appears to be reasonably necessary.  An officer is justified in the use of a firearm:

      1) To protect him/herself and others from what he/she reasonably believes to be an immediate threat of death or serious bodily injury; or

      2) To effect the arrest or prevent the escape of a fleeing felony suspect, if the officer has reasonable cause to believe that:

      a) The crime for which the suspect is wanted, involved the infliction or threatened the infliction of serious physical harm, or the suspect poses a threat of death of serious bodily injury to the officers or others; and

      b) Other means of immediate arrest are impractical.

      And very similar from Denver Police Department:  (page 2, 32 page PDF)
      (2) STATE STATUTES
      a. C.R.S. §18-1-707 states in the pertinent part: Use of physical force in making an arrest or in preventing an escape:
      1. "(1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, a peace officer is justified in using reasonable and appropriate physical force upon another person when and to the extent that he reasonably believes it necessary:

       a. To effect an arrest or to prevent the escape from custody of an arrested person unless he knows that the arrest is unauthorized; or
       b. To defend him self or a third person from what he reasonably believes to be the use or imminent use of physical force while effecting or attempting to effect such an arrest or while preventing or attempting to prevent such an escape.

      2. A peace officer is justified in using deadly physical force upon another person for a purpose specified in subsection (1) of this section only when he reasonably believes that it is necessary:

       a. To defend himself or a third person from what he reasonably believes to be the use or imminent use of deadly physical force; or
       b. To effect an arrest or prevent the escape from custody, of a person whom he reasonably believes:
        1. Has committed or attempted to commit a felony involving the use or threatened use of a deadly weapon; or
        2. Is attempting to escape by the use of a deadly weapon; or
        3. Otherwise indicates, except through a motor vehicle violation, that he is likely to endanger human life or to inflict serious bodily injury to another unless apprehended without delay. (The Denver Police Department policy on use of deadly force in this situation is more restrictive than state law – see OMS 105.05(5).

      3. Nothing in subsection (2)(b) of this section shall be deemed to constitute justification for reckless or criminally negligent conduct by a peace officer amounting to an offense against or with respect to innocent persons whom he is not seeking to arrest or retain custody.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 12:29:12 PM PDT

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    •  but it doesn't say how many of those deaths (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Horace Boothroyd III

      were at the hands of self/other police...
      funny that

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