Not too sure folks should alter their habits based upon ground breaking 9th Circuit rulings.
After all, force is either reasonable or not, and distance, direction, verbalization, presence of weapons, or preceding and simultaneous activities are things to be articulated, while contributing to the decision making process, do not define it in and of themselves.
The irony is, if the court has its way, the next officer encountering an individual under similar circumstances will close distance and to physically subdue the person. A reality more likely to result in injury to the suspect and the officer, to include injuries requiring medical attention.
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Last edited by Erik; January 14, 2010 at 03:03 PM.