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Thu Nov 27, 2014, 07:27 PM

40. I may be wrong, but from what I've read the following is true

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fleeing_felon_rule

At Common law, the Fleeing Felon Rule permits the use of force, including deadly force, against an individual who is suspected of a felony and is in clear flight.[citation needed] Force may be used by the victim, bystanders, or police officers.[citation needed]


Under U.S. law the fleeing felon rule was limited in 1985 to non-lethal force in most cases by Tennessee v. Garner, 471 U.S. 1. The justices held that deadly force "may not be used unless necessary to prevent the escape and the officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a significant threat of death or serious bodily harm to the officer or others."[2]


A police officer may not seize an unarmed, nondangerous suspect by shooting him dead...however...Where the officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a threat of serious physical harm, either to the officer or to others, it is not constitutionally unreasonable to prevent escape by using deadly force.

óJustice Byron White, Tennessee v. Garner


From what I read here in another post (long time ago) I believe is that once Brown attacked Wilson inside his vehicle, he became a felon.

So, I'm not really sure if O'Donnell is correct on this. Or maybe Wiki is incorrect.

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