Constraints on Use of Force

Physical force, including arrest and detainment, can be brought to bear on a person only if that person is in the process of, or has just been observed, committing a destructive or biological crime (as defined in § Classifications of and Penalties for Crimes), or that person presents an immediate and credible threat to commit a destructive or biological crime, or a court has found that that person is a viable suspect in such a crime and authorized his detainment, or that person has been found to be a fugitive by a court.

Any use of force is to be the minimum sufficient to bring the situation to abatement.

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