Use Of Deadly Force

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The use of deadly force by police officers has been questioned many times by the people of the country. Deadly force is defined as, an amount of force likely to cause serious bodily injury or death to another person (“Legal dictionary”). The use of deadly force is not an issue to turn the other cheek too and should be dealt with great concern; especially when it comes to the police who are to serve and protect.
In 1985, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Tennessee v. Garner (471 U.S. 1).
“The court has ruled that deadly force may be used when two criteria are present: 1. It is necessary to prevent the suspect’s escape, and 2. The officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a serious threat of death or serious