Police must meet standard of reasonableness in order to justify use of force

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Veteran law enforcement experts say it remains to be seen whether the use of deadly force will reverse the recent violent crime wave, but they say police response does send a message. 

Retired HPD lieutenant Phillip Lavarias: “You can’t pull a knife or a gun on an officer and not expect some type of response from the officer. They have a duty to defend themselves. They have a duty to return home to their families at night, and they have a duty to defend the public.

In use of force situations, the officer needs to act with what police call reasonableness in order to be considered a justified shooting. Lavarias said the public should be reassured that police are trained very well.

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