Examining Police Use of Force from Every Angle

Police officers look on as protesters rally against the death of George Floyd in Washington, D.C., May 30, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
A new book details the most important laws and policies.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE G eorge Floyd was killed on May 25. The very next day saw the release of Evaluating Police Uses of Force, a book from the law professor Seth W. Stoughton, the police consultant Jeffrey J. Noble, and the criminologist Geoffrey P. Alpert.

The book is incredibly topical, clearly written, and at 352 pages relatively brief. But it does not make for gripping reading. It catalogues, often tediously, countless statutes, policies, training practices, tactics, and court rulings from across the country. Cops’ use of force is subject to numerous standards at once — the federal Constitution as interpreted by the Supreme Court, state

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