Daily Revolt

May 07, 2007

'Deadly Force' Plans Differ on Suicide Bombers

We need to worry about the potential of Iraq-type suicide bombers coming to the U.S. We should be just as worried that we are probably unprepared for the threat:
Two of the nation's largest police organizations have proposed contrasting strategies over when officers should use deadly force in confronting potential suicide bombers in the USA.

An analysis by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a Washington-based law enforcement advocacy group, urges officers to use lethal force only as a last option to deal with what it calls an "inevitable" threat.

The recommendation, one of 68 guidelines circulated to law enforcement agencies, is largely consistent with existing deadly force policies in most agencies, which require threats of death or serious injury to be immediate or imminent.

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