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What are the legal restrictions on police Taser use?

Looking online it is hard to find the specific rules for Taser use by the police. I have found this from the National Police Chiefs' Concil: Why use [Conducted Energy Devices (CED)] at all? CEDs ...
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Are law enforcers allowed to kill killers and why?

One solution to killing is the use of force to prevent the killer from killing. During the process of using preventive force, the enforcers are sometimes left with no option but to kill the killer. In ...
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How is the "reasonable force" requirement applied to fights that end up in a grapple?

In the England and Wales ones right to respond to attacks is limited to what is considered "reasonable force". The CPS sum up with a quote from Palmer v R, [1971] AC 814: It is both good ...
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Suing of Forced Kidney Transplant

I watched this video, and this mother, whose daughter needed a kidney transplant, adopted this child. She treated her nicely, but only because she wanted her daughter to get a kidney from the girl who ...
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Do police have special protection in shootings, related to Breonna Taylor

I know this is a hot button issue. I was reading about self defense with a firearm and found the general rule that a person that instigates a fight cannot use a self defense argument when using deadly ...
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How should Garrett Rolfe have acted when Rayshard Brooks tried to tase him?

What should he have done to avoid prosecution?
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Can I intervene to stop police brutality?

For example, in an Eric Garner type situation - if I see police on a guy's back. The guy is saying and demonstrating that he can't breathe. Can I physically pull or push the police officer, in order ...
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Is Plummer v State still valid under contemporary law?

Apparently, in Plummer v State back in 1893, the court ruled an individual may act in self-defense against a police officer provided there is unlawful use of force. Note, this does not mean self-...
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Why is use of force justified in this way?

Typically when we see an officer on the media for their use of force, even when the other person was a danger, we see the general public retort with something of the form "lesser force could have been ...
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Are plain clothes police officers allowed to use force to make an arrest?

Disclaimer: I'm not related to this case in any way shape or form, I'm just a citizen trying to look at this without bias. Recently there was an issue in Massachusettes where a group of skaters were ...
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Would it be legal to use deadly force in a stampede?

Imagine a stampede where there is a reasonable fear of death or grievous bodily harm. Would it be legal for a victim to use deadly force in the form of a gun or knife in this scenario? In states ...
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Can law enforcement/military shoot to kill for merely making a phone call that is deemed treasonous?

Warning: This question contains spoilers to the film Arrival (2016). If that bothers you, move on now. In the 2016 film Arrival, humanity confronts a crisis with the arrival of a dozen alien ...
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