Letters to the Editor
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Use of excessive force -- use of deadly force

February 13, 2005

Its time for LA PD to stop trying to do damage control for inept and derelict officers who violate the law. The courts have set the guidelines for the use of excessive force and deadly force, and its taught in every police academy.

Officers can only use sufficient force to overcome any resistance, once the suspect surrenders you handcuff them and its over. As to deadly force ,its been held that deadly force can only be used to protect an officer or another person in imminent danger of their safety.

The officers who flagrantly violate those policies should be immediately fired. What the district attorney does is another issue for the DA to figure out.

James Barnes