Supreme Court Case: Lethal Force

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Lethal Force In 1985, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Tennessee v. Garner (471 U.S. 1) placed limits on law enforcement involving the use of deadly force. The U.S Supreme Court ruled that deadly force may only be necessary to inhibit the escape and law enforcement officer has probable cause to consider that the fleeing the suspect does poses a substantial threat of serious injury or death to the officer and or others. Essence, this gave the police authority for the usage of firearms or deadly force of other means to anyone who has been suspected of a felony. A number of states allowed law enforcement officers by means of law to fire their guns on persons running from Law enforcement, including individuals suspected of offenses including;…show more content…
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