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Assure Legal Validity of the Core Transaction

By Randy Means

For a use of force to be considered reasonable, the core transaction which spurs the use of force must be legally valid. Officers must understand the legal environments surrounding situations of officer-citizen contact to know what amount of force, if any, is permissible. The three primary types of transaction are voluntary contact, investigative detention and arrest.

(This article was originally published in Tactical Response Sep/Oct 2010)
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