Saturday, July 10, 2010

Use of Deadly Force in Maine

The use of deadly force in Maine is very often ruled justified.  A news article explores this topic: 
"According to statistics provided by the AG’s office, police in Maine have used deadly force 82 times in the last 20 years, including Thursday. In 44 cases, the use of force resulted in death. In none of those cases was an incident of deadly force ruled not justified.

A spokeswoman for the AG’s office said the criteria for determining justification is simple: Did an officer reasonably believe that his or her life or the life of a third party was in imminent danger and that using deadly force was the only way to eliminate that danger? Rep. Donald Pilon, D-Saco, who last year cosponsored legislation that sought to improve the review process for incidents where deadly force was used, said Friday that the state’s criteria is too narrow. He wondered how anyone could question a police officer’s state of mind during a given incident. Pictures of heavily armed state police tactical team members in camouflage gear and face-paint do little to dispel the notion that some officers are too aggressive, he added."
Read the rest of the news article in "Police use of deadly force in Maine invariably ruled justified", Bangor Daily News, July 10, 2010.

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