For decades, police in the U.S. have used force under the Supreme Court’s rule that they can do as much as appears “reasonably necessary” to accomplish their lawful goals. But after almost two years of national attention on police shootings of blacks, a major police professional organization has proposed, for the first time, that police use force less often and with more restraint. Is this a turning point?
Chuck Wexler is Executive Director of the Police Executives Research Forum, based in Washington, D.C.
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