Deadly Force in Criminal Law Essay

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J.D. Greening Professor J. Headley/ GOV 302 7/13/2014 Use of Deadly Force in Self-Defense Self defense has been ingrained in the minds of every man and woman since before rule and law was ever even established, even for the U.S.A during the first 150 years of our nation's existence the right of citizens to carry arms and have the inherent right of self defense was so fundamental that it was not even debated on. Our original founders considered this right to keep and bear arms the most fundamental guarantee of life and freedom against crime. In today's world deadly force and its use in self-defense has gained attention all over the US due to controversial cases that have put its very definition under scrutiny by the public. To gain a better understanding you must first know what the Federal Government defines deadly force as : § 10 CFR 1047.7 Use of deadly force. Deadly force means that force which a reasonable person would consider likely to cause death or serious bodily harm. Its use may be justified only under conditions of extreme necessity, when all lesser means have failed or cannot reasonably be employed. A protective force officer is authorized to use deadly force only when one or more of the following circumstances exists..... The circumstances mentioned above encompasses self defense, serious offenses against persons and apprehension to name a few, for the sake of this paper we are going to look at when law enforcement uses self-defense and its legality. However knowing the verbatim standard for self defense is important before discussing the cases that will appear later. The federal government defines it as the following under 10 CRF 1047.7 Section A "When deadly force reasonably appears to be necessary to protect a protective force officer who reasonably believes himself or herself to be in imminent danger of death or serious bodily harm."

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