Seattle Police Mandated to only use ‘Proportional’ Force when Protecting Their Lives


Police officers in Seattle, Washington are no longer allowed to defend themselves unless they objectively use proportional force equal to that of the perpetrator.


Liberals and black lives matter activists continue to harp on the actions of American police officers claiming that unnecessary force and brutality are often the response displayed, especially when arresting African Americans even when the officers are also African American. In response the democratic run city of Seattle, Washington has removed officers ability to properly defend themselves even after 120 officers filed a combined law suit against these very same unsafe restrictions.

From Daily Caller:

A federal appeals court in Seattle ruled Tuesday that police can only use force “proportional” to the threat they face, seriously damaging the Seattle Police Department’s ability to use firearms.

The ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the use of force reforms put in place by federal mandates earlier this year that required police to use only “objectively reasonable force, proportional to the threat or urgency of the situation,” the Associated Press reports. The unanimous ruling strikes down a lawsuit filed by a group of more than 120 Seattle officers in May who claimed that the strict reforms infringe on an officer’s right to self defense and the Second Amendment.

“The City of Seattle has a significant interest in regulating the use of department-issued firearms by its police officers,” Judge William Hayes wrote, adding that the policy “did not impose a substantial burden on plaintiffs’ right to use a firearm.”

How can we expect men and women to pursue and capture violent criminals when they have to do so in a politically correct manner? Do these politicians honestly believe that the criminals will follow these same rules of fair fighting? The results of this ruling will undoubtably end with dead police officers and criminal escape.

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