Policing Matters Podcast: Should simply drawing your sidearm be considered a use of force?

Jim and Doug discuss what constitutes force and what constitutes sound tactical judgment


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For many — if not most — agencies, the act of drawing the service pistol from the holster and pointing it at a subject is considered a use of force. However, context should be considered. Is the firearm out and hidden behind the leg upon approach at a traffic stop? Is it out and at the low ready during a building search for a suspect known to be armed and dangerous? In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss what constitutes force, and what constitutes sound tactical judgment.

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