Police officers possess awesome powers. They perform their duties under hazardous conditions and with the vigilant public eye upon them. Police officers are permitted only a margin of error in judgment under conditions that impose high degrees of physical and mental stress. Their general responsibility to preserve peace and enforce the law carries with it the power to arrest and to use force - even deadly force
DeLeonardo, Brian L.
"Inadequate Training in the Use of Non-Deadly Force as the Next Frontier in Federal Civil Liability: Analysis of the Baltimore City Baton Program,"
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Available at: http://scholarworks.law.ubalt.edu/lf/vol26/iss2/4