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Excessive Force

  • By: Raymond G. Kessler
  • In: Encyclopedia of the Fourth Amendment
  • Edited by: John R. Vile & David L. Hudson Jr.
  • Subject:American Political History, American Political Thought, Law & Courts

Excessive force (EF) is force that is objectively unreasonable under the circumstances in which it occurs. All seizures of persons (e.g., arrests, stops), including uses of force, by law enforcement are covered by the Fourth Amendment. Uses of force can include ...

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