Wednesday, June 24, 2015

To belt or not to belt

Legal Insurrection looks at the leaked information on the Freddie Gray autopsy, focusing on usage of seat belts in the van.
It is very common for officers to avoid standard operating procedures when dealing with a non-compliant suspect, when those ordinary procedures become unreasonably dangerous due to the suspect’s non-compliance.  Seat belting a suspect is perhaps among the first of these SOPs to fall by the wayside when dealing with a non-compliant suspect, because it places the officer at risk of the suspect biting them or spitting on them.  The officer is permitted to prioritize his own safety over the SOP to seat belt a suspect.

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