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From De-Escalation to Use of Force

When can an officer stop talking and force compliance? The answer seems simple: When the risk of allowing the individual's behavior to continue outweighs the potential risk of restraint.

But risk to what? Who decides? Which government interest takes priority? Does shielding a suspect from police force always outweigh the protection of the government's administrative interests? In other words, are police justified in their actual use of force because a suspect might avoid or delay capture?

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