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Less-Lethal Force and Use of Tasers


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.

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Wayne C. Beyer, Esq.

Wayne C. Beyer, Esq.

  • Lead counsel in 300-350 police misconduct 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 and the Federal Judicial Center for District and Magistrate Judges
  • 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 Bookstore/United-States/Police-Misconduct.html
  • Member of 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
  • J.D. degree, Georgetown University Law Center, Dartmouth College, and Harvard University
  • Can be contacted at 603-356-5106 or [email protected]
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