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Use of Force

  • By: James J. Fyfe
  • In: Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement
  • Edited by: Larry E. Sullivan, Marie Simonetti Rosen, Dorthy Moses Schulz & M. R. Haberfeld
  • Subject:General Criminology & Criminal Justice, Police Studies (general)

In the United States, police authority to use force is defined by criminal statutes. These statutes typically define deadly physical force as force capable of killing or likely to cause death or serious (e.g., crippling or permanently maiming) injury. ...

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