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Qualified Immunity and the 21-Foot Rule
  • Bruece Machacynski
Bruece Machacynski
American Military University
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Abstract

The use of deadly force to counter the threat of a knife attack is a constitutionally permissible means of ensuring police and public safety.  This paper reviews the constitutional standard for use-of-force by police, relevant case law, academic literature, statistical tables, and current police methodologies before evaluates the options available to police officers and suggesting a number of measures for minimizing the use of deadly force when encountering a person armed with a knife.