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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-11 09:49 PM
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107. This is interesting, regarding suspected felons in Washington State:
The Seattle police officer who fatally shot murder suspect Maurice Clemmons was justified in using deadly force during the confrontation, according to state law.

State law authorizes police to use deadly force against a suspected felon who has caused or is likely to cause "serious physical harm" to the officer or other people.

"In a generic sense, if a police officer confronts a murder suspect and doesn't know definitively whether the suspect is armed, if the officer orders the suspect to stop and the suspect does not, the officer is justified in using deadly force to prevent the escape of the suspect, and prevent continuing risk to the community," said attorney Ted Buck, who represents Seattle police officers on use-of-force issues. He is also the lawyer for Officer Benjamin L. Kelly, who shot Clemmons.
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