restraining the arm of the driver, using pepper spray, and aiming his service revolver at the driver?The officer asked the driver repeatedly to put his hands on the steering wheel where he could see it and after many failed attempts, he then grabbed the left arm of the driver. Restraining the left arm of the driver was perhaps an attempt to get him to place his right hand on the steering wheel where the officer could see it. The driver kept reaching between
TRIAL BY NEWSPAPER3the seat and center console, then his pocket. The officer had no idea what the driver was reaching for, therefore his act of restraining his arm was not excessive. This graphic is a general guideline for officers, the actions of the subject usually dictates the resistance level and officers usually make an objectively reasonable force option choice. To de-escalate a situation an officer will transition to different degrees or types of force ("Police Force," n.d.). In most cases they act accordingly and just. An officer may use reasonable force when they feel threatened and in order to protect themselves, to protect others, to affect a lawful detention, to affect a lawful arrest, and to conduct a lawful search. In this case, the officer used pepper spray to de-escalate the situation, he possibly felt threatened because the driver on numerous occasions reached for something and would not
TRIAL BY NEWSPAPER4listen to direct orders from the officer. Pepper spray or OC spray is used to subdue a suspect without any serious injury or death (Shouse, 2018). LVMPD officers are only allowed to use OC spray when the subject is engaging or displays the intent to engage in aggressive
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- Winter '20
- police officer, Stop sign, Pepper spray