Are you familiar with the new consensus policies on use of force?
The current trend is not to use the term intermediate force but to use the term less-lethal force. The case Graham v. Connor is the leading case on the use of force and sets the constitutional standard for objectively reasonable force. From a police officer perspective, officers can use the amount of force reasonable necessary to protect themselves and to overcome resistance to take a subject into custody. But what does objectively reasonable mean? This video reviews the standard of objective reasonableness, which remains the constitutional standard; as well as whether the concept of objectively reasonable conduct is evolving.
Wayne C. Beyer, Esq.
- Trial lawyer, author, presenter, former federal official and administrative appeals judge
- Lead counsel in over 300 police misconduct and corrections cases, including dozens of jury trials, involving Fourth Amendment excessive force, false arrest, illegal search, fatal shootings, positional asphyxia, cell suicide, pursuits, failure to render medical assistance, failure to protect, First Amendment, malicious prosecution, and wrongful conviction
- Assistant corporation counsel and assistant attorney general for the District of Columbia and outside counsel to New Hampshire’s Property and Liability Insurance Trust
- Presenter at national programs for Georgetown University Law Center, Defense Research Institute, the American Bar Association, the Federal Judicial Center for District and Magistrate Judges, and many webinars
- Author of law review and magazine articles on police misconduct, including the 1,540-page treatise and handbook, “Police Misconduct: A Practitioner’s Guide to Section 1983,” available from Juris Publishing at http://www.jurispub.com/ Bookstore/United-States/Police-Misconduct.html
- Member of New Hampshire and D.C. Bars, International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Sheriffs Association, and Police Executive Research Forum
- Formerly associate and partner at prominent New Hampshire law firms; chief of staff U.S. General Services Administration; and rendered 750 final decisions on employment and labor issues for the executive branch of the United States government as member, chairman, chief judge, U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Review Board and member Federal Labor Relations Authority
- Degrees from Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and Georgetown University Law Center
- Can be contacted at 603-356-5106 or [email protected]
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