Missouri House approves change to standard for deadly force

5 years 2 weeks 6 days ago Friday, May 15 2015 May 15, 2015 Friday, May 15, 2015 11:51:10 AM CDT May 15, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri House passed a bill Friday limiting police use of deadly force, but it faces a big hurdle on the Legislature's final day.

The House's vote Friday sends the bill to the Senate, where activity has been stalled this week. Legislators faced a 6 p.m. Friday deadline to give final approval to bills.

The legislation was filed in response to the fatal shooting in August of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Current law allows the use of deadly force when an officer believes a suspect has committed or attempted a felony, is escaping with a deadly weapon or poses a serious threat to others.

The measure would limit the justification based on a felony to those that involve inflicting or threatening serious physical injury.

 

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