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  •  I'm fairly certain there are already (2+ / 0-)
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    bontemps2012, isabelle hayes

    guidelines that restrain police from excessive use of force. Plus, isn't there some element of common sense required? Do they have to spell it out, don't hurl unarmed women to the ground for a cell phone violation?

    Looked if there were guidelines, came across this::

    LAPD Manual, Volume 1

     115.25 IMPARTIAL FRIENDLY ENFORCEMENT.  The police seek and preserve public favor, not by catering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to the law without regard to the justice or injustice of the substance of individual laws; by readily offering individual service and friendship to all members of society; by the ready exercise of courtesy and friendly good humor; and by readily offering individual sacrifice in protecting and preserving life.

    115.30 MINIMUM USE OF FORCE.  The police should use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order when the exercise of persuasion, advice, and warning is found to be insufficient to achieve police objectives; and police should use only the reasonable amount of physical force which is necessary on any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.

    115.35 PUBLIC ARE THE POLICE.  The police at all times should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police; the police are the only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interest of community welfare.

    "Watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical, a liberal, fanatical, criminal..."-7.75, -5.54

    by solesse413 on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 12:03:34 AM PST

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