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Old May 22, 2005, 07:42 PM   #11
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On our dept. this is authorized only if Garner VS. Tennessee applies (deadly force/fleeing felon law),
Interesting factoid (not to nitpick): TN V. Garner was a civil case, not criminal. You may get fired in MI for violation of department policy for shooting a fleeing felon who poses no immediate threat, but you can't be prosecuted under state law, and I've never seen anyone prosecuted under federal law in MI for shooting a fleeing felon. Same goes for civilians. I wouldn't want to pay the civil suit for shooting an unarmed 15 year-old who was running away after trying to break into your car, but you won't be prosecuted by the state. Many in MI think it's against "the law" to shoot a fleeing felon who doesn't pose an immediate threat to their life. It isn't. It's just not a wise thing to do for many reasons. Laws in other states may vary. Just thought you might find Michigan's take on it to be interesting.
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