November 02, 2018

ABA Legal Fact Check explores police use of deadly force

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2018 — With highly publicized incidents dominating the news, the American Bar Association posted today a new ABA Legal Fact Check exploring what legally constitutes reasonable force when a police officer shoots a civilian.

Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court provided police officers grounds to execute stop and frisk actions without probable cause if they have a reasonable suspicion that the person has committed, is committing or is about to commit a crime and have a reasonable belief that the person is armed and dangerous. In two cases in the 1980s, the court expanded the framework for today’s legal foundation of when the use of deadly force is permissible by police and when it is not.

ABA Legal Fact Check seeks to help the media and public find dependable answers and explanations to sometimes confusing legal questions and issues. For coverage of other timely issues in the news, these prior ABA Legal Fact Checks might be helpful:

·        Click here on what legally constitutes the crime of treason.

·        Click here on whether White House confidentiality agreements can be enforced.

·        Click here for an ABA Legal Fact Check on attorney-client privilege.

·        Click here for an ABA Legal Fact Check on under what circumstances, if any, would a president be above the law.

·        Click here for an ABA Legal Fact Check on the authority of a president to issue pardons.

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