Recommended Procedure for Using Force by Police Officers, Against Armed Criminals.

RecommendedProcedure for Using Force by Police Officers, Against ArmedCriminals.

RecommendedProcedure for Using Force by Police Officers, Against ArmedCriminals.

Thereare a set of procedures that dictate how a police officer may engagean armed suspect. However, the policies are not specified to armedcriminals only, but to a situation which poses danger to the policeofficer or the public. However, experience and sound determination ofa situation is critical to ensure that the force used is reasonable.The essay will review the recommended procedures by studying anincident between Tamir Rice a twelve-year-old boy who was fatallyshot by Cleveland police officers.

Duringpolice training, police are required to only use force in situationsthat reasonably warrant force. However, deadly force is permitted ina situation where an officer’s life is threatened or the suspect isin a position to inflict fatal injuries to the public. The use ofdeadly force should only be used after a police officer has issued averbal warning to a suspect in a situation where circumstances andtime permit. The police should also establish a safe distance betweenthem and the armed suspect to keep them out of danger and should tryto deescalate the situation if time permits.

Inthe case of Tamir Rice, the boy was reportedly armed. The respondingpolice officers drove the car very close to where the boy wasstanding. Without trying to deescalate the situation properly due tothe fear of his life, one of the police officers fatally shot theboy. Experience and training underlines that, the officer’s vehicleshould have stopped at a safe distance from the boy. Secondly, thepolice officers, while taking cover should have tried to talk downthe boy to surrender the weapon and lie on the ground while trying todeescalate the situation. Thirdly the police officers should onlyhave used deadly force if the boy did not respond to their rules ormade a threatening movement.