The Use of Force Instructor Training Program (UOFITP) has been designed to give the student the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully design. Annotation: The “Use of Force Model” currently used by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) provides law enforcement officers with various. Tim is the FLETC Legal Division’s subject matter expert in the Use of Force. He joined the United States Marine Corps in after taking the.

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In the aftermath of the recent events in Ferguson, MO, there has been a lot of discussion about law enforcement in the United States.

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It seems to me that there are a lot of misconceptions about the realities and legal moddl surrounding police use of force. I am not a lawyer or a police officer, but I do have some knowledge of police procedure from my time as a law enforcement explorer and independent research.

If any lawyers or sworn police officers find anything wrong with the dletc information, please let me know and I will work to correct it. First, let’s look at what is required for a police officer to legally use lethal force on a suspect. The suspect’s actions must demonstrate three main things: The suspect must have a way of posing a threat to the officer.

In addition, he had already assaulted Wilson and attempted to take the officer’s firearm from him. If Brown had succeeded in taking Wilson’s firearm, he would now be armed and have a way to shoot and kill Wilson. If Wilson attempted to use non-lethal means, such as OC spray, a baton or a taser, and those means fletx, he would be fighting toe-to-toe with a much larger man who would have a major usee in a fistfight.

Due to the significant size advantage in favor of Brown, and the fact that Brown attempted to take Wilson’s firearm from him, the means requirement if satisfied. The suspect must have the opportunity to use his means to injure or kill the officer. Fetc this case, Brown was approximately 35 feet away from Wilson when he started to charge at full speed towards the officer.

While at a full sprint, 35 feet can be covered in a matter of seconds. Had Brown started charging from feet away, and Officer Wilson opened fire from that distance, a reasonable person would flettc believe that Brown had the opportunity to use his fists to harm Wilson from that far distance. The suspect must flec that he has the intention of causing death or serious injury to the officer.


In this case, Brown attempted to take Officer Wilson’s firearm from him.

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The only logical reason that Brown would uss to get access to the firearm is to use it against the officer. Also, following the confrontation at the car, Brown began running away from Wilson, who exited his patrol car and began giving Brown commands to stop running and get on the ground. Brown only had three options in this case: Had Brown’s intention been to escape from the police, he would have continued running away.

Had his intention been to surrender, he would have complied with Wilson’s commands, stopped running and got on the ground. Instead, he turned and began charging at the officer. The only reason that Brown would attempt to take Wilson’s firearm or charge at the officer would be to attempt to injure or kill him, thus satisfying the intent requirement.

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The image below is the standard FLETC use usse force chart; most law enforcement agencies use this chart or have a similar one. Now, I will go into depth on each of these levels. The chart on the left is the suspect action.

The chart on the right is the officer’s response to that action. From high to low, the level’s of suspect action and officer’s response are as follows. Highest Modell Of Force.

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You need to be a member in order to leave a comment. Sign up for a new account in our community. Already have an account? Posted November 25, edited. The officer may use lethal force in order to prevent himself or a third party from being seriously injured or killed. f,etc

Lethal force may be used until the suspect no longer presents a threat of death or serious injury. This is most often done with the use of a firearm, but officers can use any tools available to them in order to protect themselves or others. The subject is actively assaulting the officer or a third party, and that assault is likely to cause injury, but not to the level of serious injury or death.

The officers may use substantial force, which is likely to result in injury to the suspect, in order to prevent injury to himself or a third party, and to subdue and take the suspect into custody.


The subject is actively resisting arrest, but is not assaultive or likely to cause an injury. The officer may use force, which may, but is not likely to result in injury to the suspect, in order to subdue and take the suspect into custody. The subject is passively resisting arrest, but is not actively attempting to flee or prevent arrest. The officer may use force, which is unlikely to result in injury to the suspect, in order to take the suspect into custody.

The officer may use minimal force in order to take the subject into custody. Lowest Level Of Force. I want to make it clear that I feel very sorry for Michael Brown’s family. Any death is tragic, and it is heartbreaking that the Brown family lost their son.

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We will never know why Michael acted the way he did when contacted by Officer Wilson. I understand that he may have been scared.

However, countless other people have been caught by police after they committed a crime and did not react in the way Michael did. In the end, Michael Brown assaulted and attempted to murder a police officer.

Michael ultimately faced the consequences of his actions and he alone is responsible for his death. People need to understand that the entire incident between Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson took place in a matter of seconds. It is very easy to sit down in the days following the incident, look at all the facts and come to a conclusion. Officer Wilson had to make split-second life and death decisions with only the facts available to him, while under incredible pressure, in pain and while in fear for his life.

I ask everyone to keep that in mind before you jump to conclusions regarding this incident, or any police shooting incident. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites. Create an account or sign in to comment You need to be a member in order to leave a comment Create an account Sign up for a new account in our community. Register a new account. Sign in Already have an account?

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