When is it legal for a police officer to kill

The key to both of the legal standards — defense of life and fleeing a violent felony — is that it doesn’t matter whether there is an actual threat when force is used. Instead, what matters is the officer’s “objectively reasonable” belief  that there is a threat.

…There are plenty of cases in which an officer might be legally justified in using deadly force because he feels threatened, even though there’s no actual threat there.

…That puts a lot of weight on an officer’s immediate instincts in judging who’s dangerous. And those immediate instincts are where implicit bias could creep in — believing that a young black man is a threat, for example, even if he is unarmed.

When is it legal for a cop to kill you? – Vox


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