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Judge Halts MN's Updated Use of Force Standards

Originally, officers were authorized to use deadly force to “protect the peace officer or another from apparent death or great bodily harm.” But the updated language cut the word “apparent,” and added three requirements to justify that use of deadly force. Specifically, the officer must be able to articulate the threat and the danger must also be likely to occur unless an officer takes action.

September 14, 2021

Utah Officer Faces Charges Following UOF Incident Involving K-9

Utah Officer Faces Charges Following UOF Incident Involving K-9

An officer with the Salt Lake City Police Department faces charges of aggravated assault stemming from an April 2020 incident in which he allegedly ordered his K-9 to bite a subject who was reportedly compliant with commands to get on the ground and raise his hands.

September 17, 2020

Should Your Agency Resurrect the Use-of-Force Continuum?

NY Police Unions Sue Over City's New Use-of-Force Law

The “diaphragm clause” of the law — which allows for DAs to bring a misdemeanor charge if an officer uses any move during an arrest that could limit breathing — “stands to criminalize the lawful use of force, (and) threatens both police and public safety,” the lawsuit reads.

August 6, 2020

Virginia Officer Accused of Excessive Force, Indicted by Grand Jury

A grand jury indicted an officer with the Fairfax County (VA) Police Department accused of assaulting a man who—according to available body-camera video footage—was not actively resisting when he was stunned and placed under arrest in an incident in early June.

July 21, 2020

Daigle Law Group to Hold Use-of-Force Summit in December

Daigle Law Group to Hold Use-of-Force Summit in December

Issues covered include: use-of-force trends, de-escalation and incapacitation, developing scenario-based training, how video is being weaponized, crowd control and First Amendment protection, force reporting and force investigation, public perception of police and use of force, and police and media relations.

June 24, 2020

Atlanta Officers Attempted to De-Escalate Encounter with Man Before Fatal Shooting

New York Officer Charged With Assault on Protester

An officer with the New York Police Department has been charged with third-degree assault for allegedly shoving to the street a woman who had been participating in a protest in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis late last month.

June 9, 2020

Biden Promises Police Reform in Campaign Speech, Suggests Officers Shoot for the Legs

The former vice president pointed to several bills he said Congress could pass right away to address "police brutality," including legislation that would outlaw chokeholds, limit the transfer of “weapons of war” to police departments, and create a new oversight and accountability model for use of force within police departments.

June 2, 2020

2 Atlanta Officers Fired for Alleged Excessive Force During Protest Response
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