Police Use of Lethal Force

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USA: All 50 states fall short of international standards on police use of lethal force.

All 50 US states and the District of Columbia fail to comply with international standards on police use of lethal force, a new Amnesty International USA report found today.



Deadly Force: Police Use of Lethal Force in the United States calls for reform at the stated federal levels to bring laws in line with international law and standards, which require that lethal force should only be used as a last resort when strictly necessary for police to protect themselves or others against imminent threat of death or serious injury.



“Police have a fundamental obligation to protect human life. Deadly force must be reserved as a method of absolute last resort,” said Steven W. Hawkins, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA.



“The fact that absolutely no US state laws conform to this standard is deeply disturbing and raises serious human rights concerns. Reform is needed and it is needed immediately. Lives are at stake.”


https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/06/usa-all-50-states-fall-short-of-international-standards-on-police-use-of-lethal-force/



I think that this shows the Policing in the US could and should be better.

IMO there has to be a reversal of the militarisation of police forces.
 
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International, unelected NGOs do not get to determine legal standards in the US. Personally, I don't give a damn what "international law" says.
That answer is sometimes the problem, if the USA had listened to the International community, the invasion of Iraq in 2003 wouldn't have happened.:(

There is clearly a problem with Law Enforcement in the USA, IMO listening to advise is always better than, just shouting I'm not listening.
 
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