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Law enforcement officers could have tighter deadly force restrictions

Date: April 13, 2015
By: Kolbie Satterfield
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 199

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The recent events in South Carolina involving an officer being charged with murder for shooting a suspect in the back would not unfold the same way in Missouri because of the state's deadly force laws.
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Wrap: Currently officers may use deadly force if they believe the force is necessary.

A Ferguson-related bill would restrict an officer's right to kill a suspect if they pose a serious physical injury,are attempting to escape by using a deadly weapon, or posing a serious threat to an officer or another person.

The sponsor of the bill is Green County Republican Senator Bob Dixon.

 
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Description: "The benefit of this legislation is we need to give very clear guidelines to law enforcement that's what we're really trying to do and tighten it up to be congruent to the Tennessee v. Garner case."

Current law allows an officer to fatally shoot a feeling suspect if they believe the force is necessary.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Kolbie Satterfield.

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The officer related shooting in South Carolina that led to murder charges against the officer would be legal in Missouri, but that could change.
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Wrap: A Ferguson-related bill would restrict the right of officers to shoot a feeling suspect.

Officers would only be allowed to use deadly force if a suspect poses serious physical harm, is trying to escape by using a weapon, or is posing a serious threat to the officer or another person. 

Senate Judiciary Chairman Bob Dixon proposed the bill and says he is working with Ferguson-area legislators.

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Description: "I'm working closely with legislatures from that area to do the right thing. I think it needs to be addressed."

An officer can currently shoot a feeling suspect who is suspected of committing a felony crime.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Kolbie Satterfield.


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