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If former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s case for the death of George Floyd goes to trial, there will be this one, controversial legal principle looming over the proceedings: The reasonable officer.


In this episode, we explore the origin of the reasonable officer standard, with the case that sent two Charlotte lawyers on a quest for true objectivity, and changed the face of policing in the US.


This episode was produced by Matt Kielty with help from Kelly Prime and Annie McEwen.











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Andy Edwards

seems to me officers should be held to the same standard as ordinary civilians as far as whether shooting in self-defense is justified

Sep 11th
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Andy Edwards

couldn't there be a requirement that officers actually see the weapon right after it's withdrawn from the pocket to be allowed to shoot, rather than merely reaching for an unknown object being an immediate enough threat to justify shooting?

Sep 11th
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rrp

I'm sorry that whatever happens does nothing to rectify the past cases. things will simply happen again and again until we do right . I was thinking officers need better testing and training like target's made up of people faces that come at you on a shooting range. or what about virtual reality?! Or a human gyroscope or something ?

Jun 8th
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