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Excessive lethal force

Hamilton, Melissa (2017) Excessive lethal force Northwestern University Law Review, 111 (4). pp. 155-171.

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In this Essay, Professor Hamilton considers the recent use by Dallas police officers of a robot armed with plastic explosives to kill a suspected gunman on a shooting rampage. In the wake of Dallas, many legal experts in the news maintained that the police action was constitutional. The commentators' consensus was that as long as the police had the right to use lethal force, then the means of that force is irrelevant. This Essay argues the contrary. Under the current state of the constitutional law on the police use of force on a suspected felon, excessive lethal force is a valid consideration. The type and magnitude of lethal force may, under certain circumstances, be unconstitutional despite the suspect posing a high degree of risk to others.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Law
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Date : 17 April 2017
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2017 by Melissa Hamilton. This Essay was originally published in the Northwestern University Law Review Online on April 17, 2017, 111 NW. U. L. REV. ONLINE 155 (2017)
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Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 20 Sep 2017 09:32
Last Modified : 03 May 2018 13:17

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