NH bill would revoke police authority to use deadly force in effecting an arrest

Police chiefs believe the bill will put more officers in danger


By PoliceOne Staff

CONCORD, N.H. — Members of New Hampshire law enforcement are standing up against legislation that would restrict police officer's ability to use deadly force.

The bill would revoke the legal authority officers have to use deadly force in effecting an arrest, local news station WMUR 9 reports.

Supporters say they are not trying to tie the hands of police officers, but just want to save lives.

But, police chiefs say if the new bill becomes law, officers will be in danger.

"It will make it much more difficult, if not impossible, for us to effect our jobs in certain situations,” Franklin Police Chief David Goldstein said.

The House Criminal Justice Committee is expected to vote on the bill this month. 

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