Police officers are put in a split second life or death situation they have to assess the threat because it could potentially take their life. When officers are in a bad situation they sometimes don't always make the perfect decision but they have a reason for what they have done. In the article Criminal Law Case And Notes And Comments, William K Bachelder states that “One common type of situation which may face an officer is where a person resists arrest. Under the present law it is important that the officer know whether the arrestee has committed a misdemeanor or a felony. When the officer seeks to arrest a misdemeanant he is prohibited in most states from using deadly force” (Bachelder). This quote is talking about how officers can shoot a person or even use their baton if they are resisting arrest but only if they are a committed felon. Paul Callan States, Up until 1985, police had greater authority to use force against unarmed fleeing felons, experts said. Then things changed. "Up until 1985, the doctrine, called the fleeing felon doctrine, was that, if you committed a felony and the police were pursuing you, they could shoot you down if you tried to escape," Callan said. Police officers used to have more authority. They used to be able to arrest and shoot people creating larger fatalities, but now there are more laws stopping police abusing their power.
1.Baton: a stick used by police. When the man grabbed the baton he forced the officer to use deadly force against him. It helps me understand the topic because if he didn't grab the baton he would be alive.
2.Incapacitate: This word means to stop or alter movement. The police officers were trying to stop the kid from running and hurting anybody else. This is crucial because it really wraps up on the topic of whit they were trying to do with the boy. It really fits with the topic because when police try to stop people it always seems to end up with someone shooting at the other person.
3.Possession: to possess or have something on you. The 14 year old boy was carrying 20 tins of heroin and weed. He was running from the cops and they shot him, the police say they were fired upon first but were they just trying to shoot the kid because he wouldn’t stop running from them because he had in his possession a felonies worth of drugs.
4.Pat Down: When an officer pats you down and checks you for narcotics. When the officer pat down the homeless man the homeless man forced the officer to stop him.
5.Administrative: being put to a desk. This word helps me understand what the officer has been put to.
6.Torso: upper chest area. This helps me understand that the officer was serious and was aiming at a crucial part.
7.Altercation: a disagreement that usually turns to violence. In this article an altercation turned into a shooting. If it wasn't for the altercation nobody would have died.
8.Fatality: when someone dies. Their was a fatality during this police shooting. If their wouldn't have been an altercation their would not have been a fatality.