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The case for legislating police mental health training | Robert Karrass

Thursday, August 24, 2017 @ 9:02 AM | By Robert Karrass

The question often arises of where we draw the line between justifiable and unjustifiable use of force in police interactions. The answer is not a simple one but is generally summed up in two words: "police safety.” The idea is that officers who are charged with upholding the law and protecting members of our society need to be able to protect themselves (and others) from actual or perceived harm.

Officers are trained to arrive in uncertain and often dangerous situations and make split-second assessments and decisions...