Excessive Force Law and Legal Definition
Excessive force by a law enforcement officer(s) is a violation of a person's constitutional rights. The term âexcessive forceâ is not precisely defined; however, the use of force greater than that which a reasonable and prudent law enforcement officer would use under the circumstances is generally considered to be excessive. In most cases, the minimum amount force required to achieve a safe and effective outcome during law enforcement procedures is recommended.
Police brutality is a violation of the law. âCruel and unusual punishmentsâ by the state (police) are prohibited by the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Fourteenth Amendment provides further protection to individuals, prohibiting the state from depriving âany person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of lawâ.
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