Deadly force: Thou shall not (intend to) kill


“Bond, James Bond.” If this is how you introduce yourself, and you are employed by Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and your badge number is 007, then you have a license to kill and you need not read this article. As for the rest of us who might use deadly force to stop or apprehend a suspect, please read on.

Absent a death warrant, an officer’s desired results when using deadly force should not be specifically to kill the subject. No matter what the suspect might have done, we must rely on our training and the fact that we are not just held to a higher standard, but we are the higher standard. We need to separate the emotion and remember our tasks:

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